HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880/AP) — Just half way through the year and the City of Hartford has seen 17 homicides. The mayor is now making an investment, hoping to end the violence.

Cutting down on homicides in Hartford is a matter close to the heart of the city’s mayor Pedro Segarra, who lost his own father to a street shooting when he was a child.

WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reports: Mayor Hopes System Will Diminish Gun Violence In Hartford

Now, the mayor is investing in a computerized sensor program for Hartford that will radically improve response time to a shooting.

“It specifically identifies gunshots and even the caliber of the weapon that is used,” explains Segarra. “It pinpoints the exact location of where the shot is fired and it immediately sends out a response to a police cruiser that is the nearest.”

Segarra is also working closely with neighboring towns and cities saying often one person is responsible for two or more area shootings.

Police Chief Daryl Roberts says there also has been an 8 percent increase in non-fatal shootings during the same time period.

The computerized sensor program costs $150,000.

The city was denied federal funding for the system and the mayor says it cannot afford cameras, normally deployed with the sensors, to help identify shooters.

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