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Task Force: Gun Violence in Hartford Drops

Officials from Connecticut and the City of Hartford say gun-involved murders in the capital city are down 42 percent and nonfatal shootings have dropped 29 percent since an anti-gun violence task force was formed just over a year ago. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, acting Police Chief James Rovella and state prosecutors announced the results of the Shooting Task Force's first year of work on Tuesday. The group includes police officers from Hartford and surrounding towns, state police, prosecutors, prison officials and parole officials.

Police said there were 15 fatal shootings in the city in the year that ended June 30, down from 26 during the previous year. Nonfatal shootings dropped to 96 from 136 over the same period.

Seventy-six guns were seized and 214 felony arrests were made in the past year

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Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.