Bridgeport looks to fight violence in city

(WTNH file)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — City leaders will get together in Bridgeport today to talk about cracking down on violence in the city, after three separate shooting incidents in the early morning hours of Sunday.

It was a terrible weekend for Bridgeport; 6 people shot, two of them dead. In two of the cases police are still looking for leads.

The mayor and police chief today will be talking about a new crackdown on gun violence, domestic violence and gang violence. But first, they want to put this weekend’s violence into context. This weekend brought this year’s homicide total to four. This time last year, Bridgeport had six. Also, the number of people hurt by gunfire is down by a third, and overall crime is down by six percent.

So how do you stop this weekend’s trend from un-doing all that good news? For one thing, Police say they’ve been investigating those shootings non-stop to try to get the people responsible off the streets. To try to prevent more violence, the mayor is talking about preventative resources. Community leaders will be at this press conference too, to talk about programs to give the city’s youth something to do to keep them out of trouble.

And it might not stop violence, but it can help save lives — Bridgeport now has a Smart911 system up and running. It can save first responders a lot of time when an emergency does happen. You can go to Smart911.com to create a profile for you and your family.

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