One Killed, Six Wounded After Parade In Hartford
By JEFFREY B. COHEN | Courant Staff Writer
The popular West Indian pride festial / parade was marred by violence last night, by all accounts a gan related shooting, in a crowded venue, with much collateral damage. Three individuals, and three guns, have been taken into custody.
Just a few blocks down the street, a group of young men and women were gathered for a Stop the Violence campaign, having spent much of the day handing out T-shirts and speaking to children about the importance of education.
The shootings left them deflated, they said.
"It's our reality," Mike-Charles Nahounou said of the shootings. "We're born and raised here. A lot of the people that end up dying or doing the shooting were people we watched grow up, or even our peers. This is what it is."
I spent a lovely evening in Hartford, watching a movie with friends. Just a few miles from the carnage but a world away. Increasingly, there is a sense of two Hartfords, in multiple strata. There is Hartford Proper (dangerous, poor, scary) and Greater Hartford, a poor city ringed by affluent bedroom communities. And there is even within Hartford, a divide between the safer neighborhoods, and the war zones. And there are a lot of good people, innocent people, living in these violent areas.
I don't know what to say, I don't know what to do. The police force and the city government seem ineffective at dealing with this stuff. Cracking down on drugs, on violence, on parole violators, on quality of life issues would surely just increase the number of young urban city residents rotting in jail, a ticking time bomb when they are released, hardened and angry.
Indeed, this is what it is. So sad.