Police in Hartford find gun, ammo stashed at playground

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HARTFORD — Police in Hartford responding to reports of shots fired found guns and ammunition stashed in playground equipment on Sunday.

Shot Spotter detection system alerted officers that two shots had been fired in the area of 493 Zion Street, police said.  Officers found three spent 12-gauge shotgun shells nearby.

Police searched the area, but did not find any victims. Witnesses said a person was seen running west towards Park Terrace but did not catch up with him or her.

After searching the playscape at Pope Park, police found a Benelli U.S.A Corp. M3 Super 90 Shotgun, and three live PDX1 Winchester 12-gauge shotgun rounds. The shotgun had an obliterated serial number, police said.

Police canines did not track down anyone in the area.

Police are continuing to investigate the weapons.