HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A 15-year-old boy was killed in a suspected drive-by shooting Monday afternoon in Hartford, police said.
Officers responded to ShotSpotter alerts indicating multiple rounds fired on Nelton Way near Hillyer Street just before 1:30 p.m.
Hartford police Lt. Aaron Boisvert said the victim was 15-year-old Jordan Luna, who may have been shot in a drive-by shooting. The victim lived in the area, Boisvert said.
The teen was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police believe Luna was the intended target. Officers later found the suspected vehicle used in the shooting on fire in Vernon.
Luna’s death marks the city’s 32nd homicide of 2023, according to Hartford police.
Mothers United Against Violence members call the death another stab in the heart. Deborah Davis and Henrietta Beckman, Mothers United Against Violence’s president, lost their sons to gun violence.
“Another senseless killing in our city and for it to be our youth, who are supposed to be our future,” Beckman said. “My son, Randy, was shot when he was 20 years old. It just brings you back and you’re re-traumatized.”
Mothers United Against Violence provides mental health support, grief counseling and support for post-traumatic stress disorder for mothers in need.
“Mental health support, PTSD support and some referrals and then, of course, we provide grief counseling for her and then if there are any immediate needs within her household,” Davis said. “We make sure she gets that, too. We will go every step of the way with her and certainly not leave her side.”
Last year, Hartford saw the highest number of homicides in two decades. According to city data, this year’s numbers are outpacing 2022.
Anyone with any information on this homicide is asked to call the Hartford Police Department’s tipline at 860-722-TIPS (8477).
The below video is from News 8 at 5 p.m. newscast on Oct. 9, 2023.
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