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Police Probe Hartford's 17th Homicide of 2015

Hartford police are investigating the capital city's 17th homicide of the year. (Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015)

Hartford police are investigating the capital city's 17th homicide of the year.

Hartford police said Marcus McDade, 38, was shot multiple times in the chest and leg outside his home on Pliny Street around 3 a.m. Tuesday. He was rushed to St. Francis Hospital and was pronounced dead.

Investigators spent the morning searching Pliny Street with flashlights for evidence and knocking on neighbors' doors in an effort to piece together what happened. A woman who lives in the area said she and her granddaughter woke up to the sound of gunshots.

"We believe it happened outside,"  said Hartford police spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley. "We have some evidence to indicate that."

It's Hartford's 17th homicide of 2015.

"One homicide is bad. Two is worse. Seventeen is obviously alarming," said Foley. "It's been a very rough summer so far, a violent summer out here."

Last year saw 19 homicides in the capital city. Just six months into 2015, Hartford is fast approaching that number.

Foley said there were eight homicides in the city around this time last year.

"I can tell you that we've had worse summers. I can also tell you that violence is going up nationally, but we're not just willing to let that be narrative and be the end of it," Foley explained. "We're concerned with it and we're going to deal with it."

Investigators are still searching for whoever pulled the trigger.

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