Segarra calls for meeting to discuss Hartford violence

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HARTFORD –  Hartford’s mayor is calling a strategy meeting with a group of community and religious leaders and parents to discuss what more can be done to stem of a recent wave of violence in the city.

There have been five homicides in the last two weeks and several other incidents, including a drive-by shooting that left a minister seriously wounded outside his church Sunday.

Mayor Pedro Segarra says he does not believe the city will be able to arrest its way out of the problem. He says he hopes the private meeting on Friday can spawn some new ideas.

The mayor says there is often a spike in violent crime during the summer and the city is putting money into summer jobs and recreation programs to help combat that.