Mayor Elicker reflects on gun violence prevention programs in New Haven in wake of 20th fatal shooting of the year

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Editor’s Note: Police provided an update on the victim’s age, and this story has been updated to reflect that.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker is touting new gun violence prevention programs in the Elm City. This comes after reports of the latest fatal shooting over the weekend.

New Haven Police responded to reports of gunfire on Chamberlain Street between Chamberlain Place and Forbes Avenue at 5:29 a.m. Sunday.

A gunshot victim was pronounced dead on the scene. They were later identified as Zaire Luciano, 30, of Northford. A candlelight vigil was held for him Sunday evening.

This is the 20th homicide in the city this year, which was the total number of homicides in 2020.

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The mayor was on the scene Sunday morning and said, “Following shootings, I talk with neighbors and I see and hear the pain and anguish this brings to our community.”

In the wake of this incident, the mayor says the city in partnership with police is taking steps to combat the uptick in gun violence in the city.

“Gun violence is ripping neighborhoods apart – not just here in New Haven, but throughout the country,” said Mayor Justin Elicker. “Locally we’re implementing evidence-based interventions – more police walking and bicycle beats, enhanced youth programming, more street outreach workers, and wrap-around services for folks re-entering our community. And recently we announced plans to create a city department – the Office of Violence Prevention.”

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Mayor Elicker’s office reports, “According to recent reporting by CNN, an average of 200 people are killed and 472 are injured by guns each weekend in the United States, not including suicides. According to 2020 was one of the deadliest years in the past two decades – and 2021 is a pace to be as well.”

Elicker also called on leadership at the national level to “implement common-sense gun safety laws…Until Congress acts to reform our gun laws, the flow of guns isn’t going to stop.”

Police ask that any witnesses who have not yet spoken with the Police contact the New Haven Police Department Investigative Services Division at 203-946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous or submit tips anonymously by calling 1-866-888-TIPS(8477), or text “NHPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES).

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