HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) _ A preemptive vigil was held in the Capitol City Thursday night to promote a safer neighborhood and to cut down on gun violence.

Hartford police say while no one has been struck, the nearly two dozen “shots fired” incidents at Capen and Garden streets this year is too many and it could lead to something worse soon.

They used a scheduled DUI checkpoint to team with Mothers United Against Violence to call for action.

“This is about you and what we can do to help one another,” said neighborhood leader with MUAV, Reverend Henry Brown. “We can all come out here and talk about changing this environment, but if you don’t want it to change, then guess what? It won’t change.”

Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley says its important for everyone to join in this effort to stop violence.

“Most people out here know there’s been shootings in the area anyways, but it lets them that there’s people that care and there are people that want to help and they can feel free to come forward,” Foley said.


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