What has been a violent week in the Brass City has turned deadly.
Late Saturday afternoon, News 8 learned that a 20 year-old man shot in the head earlier this week has died.
The police chief has confirmed that a 15-year-old boy has confessed to pulling the trigger in the shooting. This is just one of three shootings that took place this week.
Saturday, as thousands of people converged on downtown Waterbury for one of the city’s biggest events of the year, “The Gathering”, one group wanted to send a message to combat youth violence in the city.
The group used “the gathering parade” to march and address a problem that’s become a concern in Waterbury after several recent shootings in what the mayor calls “an uptick in violence”.
The marchers are from the WOW center, a place that tries to improve the community by trying to steer Waterbury’s youth away from violence on the streets. Their message today was “silence the violence”.
Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary tells News 8 city leaders and police know the source of this recent violence and they’re working to address the problem.
“It’s a rivalry between two street gangs and it’s very disturbing, quite frankly”, O’Leary said.
“I think there really needs to be something done about the violence because our youth are really going downhill. They’re getting killed. I have 3 boys and I’m fearful for them”, said marcher Seretha Hodges.
The interim police chief is very committed to community policing, using the city’s “PAL” program to try and build better relations between police officers and kids.
Also, the department has recently reinstated its “gang task force”, which is specifically set up to investigate gangs.