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 that began Tuesday, 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.

Police officers and state troopers will also ride together to provide a heightened street patrol in Hartford, a city of about 120,000 that has experienced a sharp increase in homicides recently.

Officials have said they hope to cripple gang activity in Hartford and nearby Bridgeport by locking criminals up for long prison terms.

Many of those gang leaders are now getting out of prison and are seeking to reclaim their ``turf'' from younger drug dealers, said chief prosecutor John M. Bailey.

``This turf doesn't belong to them,'' he said. ``It belongs to the citizens of Hartford.''

Cost estimates for the project need to be worked out, but officials are confident they can handle the increased workload and officer overtime.

``Over the next 60 days there will be a collaborative effort ... to try to make this a safer place for all of our residents,'' Hartford Police Chief Bruce Marquis said. ``We will not have citizens living in fear.''