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Hartford Police: City Count Twelve Homicides

HARTFORD — Hartford Police on Thursday announced that the victims of two separate recent shooting incidents died.

One victim was Jimmy Narvaez-Gonzalez, 27, of New Britain. He died at Hartford Hospital at about 7:30 p.m. on July 20. the other victim, Benjamin Grate, 27, of Hartford, died at St. Francis Hospital medical personnel at 7:59 a.m. on July 26.  He died from a gunshot wound in a shooting on July 23.

According to police,  at approximately 1:48 a.m., Hartford Police Patrol and Southwest Conditions Officers responded to a report of a person shot in the vicinity of 601 Broad Street. On arrival, officers located Narvaez-Gonzalez suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.  Officers immediately began CPR and Narvaez-Gonzalez was then transported by ambulance to Hartford Hospital for treatment, police said.

 At approximately 3:55 a.m., on July 23rd, officers responded to a report of a victim, Grate, suffering from a gunshot wound in the vicinity of 42 Acton Street.  Officers located Grate in the rear of that location.  He was immediately transported to St. Francis Hospital by ambulance where he was listed in critical condition at that time.  Investigators from the HPD’s Major Crimes and Crime Scene Divisions began an immediate investigation.

Police Chief James C. Rovella said that these two deaths bring the number of homicides in the city this year to twelve 12 of which six have been closed by arrest.  At this time last year, there were 20 homicides with 9 closed by arrest, he said .

Anyone with information about these two incidents is asked to contact Major Crimes Division Supervisor SergeantBrandon O’Brien at 860-757-4089.   Confidential, anonymous tips may be submitted on-line at Hartford Crime Stoppers or by phone at 860-722-TIPS (8477).

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