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HARTFORD — A New Britain man was killed in a shooting in the capital city overnight, marking the city’s 21st homicide of the year.

“They woke me up hollering, but I was on the back side of my apartment and I didn’t hear the shooting,” said a resident who lives nearby.

Hartford police said Taylor Irizarry, 21, was getting dropped off on Spring Street just before five a.m. this morning when he was shot.

“ Hartford police received a shot spotter activation in the area of 87 Spring St., we received no 911 calls. Patrol officers responded they located a single male victim suffering from what appeared to be a single gunshot wound,” said Lt. Paul Cicero of Hartford Police.

One man who lives in that area telling us, this is not the first time the neighborhood has been at the center of a shooting investigation. “Oh yeah on the front steps down there between the buildings. I heard that shooting and looked out and the guy was across the top of the car holding the gun and the guy laid on the steps out there,” said Pastor Darrell.

The shooting happened in front of 87 Spring St. Police spent about five hours investigating this shooting, during that time residents who lived inside that apartment building were asked to stay inside.

“The whole area is a crime scene we don’t want anyone coming into the crime scene and a adversity effect of any of the evidence. If we’re still searching for evidence we can’t have people walking through, so we’re just asking everyone to stay inside until the investigators can comb for all evidence that they need,” said Lt. Cicero.

Just last week K9 Vanguard graduated from the state police firearm detection program. Today his skills were put to the test. Hartford police confirming that a spent shell casing was recovered from that crime scene.

Police still looking for a suspect, anyone with any information is asked to give Hartford police a call.

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