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Hartford investigating 25th homicide; Connecticut city has most murders this year of any city in New

September 07, 2015



Reports out of Hartford are that police there are investigating the city's 25th homicide of the year after a 34-year-old man died following a shooting late Sunday on Greenfield Street.

According to WTNH News 8, police say the victim was driven by a private vehicle to St. Francis Hospital before police arrived on the scene. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later. Police tell New 8 that he had been shot multiple times in the face and upper torso.

The shooting was reported at about 10 p.m.

Police on Monday identified the victim as 34-year-old Steve Vorise of 32 Greenfield St., Hartford.

FOX CT is reporting police were alerted to the shooting by the department's ShotSpotter gunshot detection system, and by 911 calls. The ShotSpotter system detected three gunshots.

The shooting is the 25th homicide in Hartford this year. The city has already surpassed last year's total of 19 with four months remaining in the year.

According to the Harford Courant, Hartford this year has had more homicides than any city in New England, including Boston. Boston, which has five times the population of Hartford, has had 23.

According to the Courant, Hartford's per-capita homicide rate of 19 for every 100,000 people is also the highest by far of any major New England city.

Springfield is number two with a rate of 9.12 homicides for every 100,000, followed by New Haven with a rate of 8.44 per 100,000. Boston has a homicide rate of 3.66 per 100,00

Springfield saw its 14th homicide of the year when a 24-year-old David Steven Gausp was stabbed to death Aug. 29 on High Street. The city had 14 homicides in all of 2014.

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