HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State troopers and police are increasing their presence on city streets and prosecutors are intensifying their efforts in court as Hartford cracks down on crime in the wake of the shooting of a 7-year-old girl on the Fourth of July.
Takira Gaston, now 8, was caught in the crossfire of a turf war between rival drug dealers while she rode a scooter near her home, police said. She is now recovering at home from her injuries, and her plight has become a rallying cry for anti-drug advocates who claim that suburban residents often use the city as a drug market.
As part of the two-month crackdown, U.S. marshals will scour the streets in search of more than 5,000 suspects wanted on outstanding arrest warrants, officials said. The marshals will help round up 686 city residents who are accused of violating their probation but have not been arrested.