Community reacts to shooting of Shelton teen

SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) —  There are still no arrests in the case of a Shelton 15-year-old who was shot in the head over the weekend. The teen remains in critical condition. His parents say their son got a threat on his phone just before he was shot.

Crisis teams and police officers were on hand at Shelton High School Monday morning after the shooting of  Kristjan Ndoj.  

Undated yearbook photo of Kristjan Ndoj.
Undated yearbook photo of Kristjan Ndoj.

He was shot around 8:45 Saturday night outside a home on Agawam Trail.

“He went with a friend to visit a group, which is why he was at the street,” said Lt. Robert Kozlowsky, Shelton Police Department.

A day earlier Ndoj had been at the home of Angel Loyola. “Around 4 he came down and visited my daughter, him and his friend. They were on a bike,”  Loyola said.

Police say Ndoj suffered a gunshot wound to his head and one leg. He remains in the hospital with life threatening injuries.

shelton crime scene

News 8’s Kent Pierce reports Ndoj’s aunt says a girl called him saying “my boyfriend is going to kill you.”

“We’re aware of it,” Lt. Robert Kozlowsky, Shelton Police Department, said. “It’s one of the many angles we’re looking at, but I don’t have anything that I can confirm and say to you at this point. But we are aware of it and looking into it as well as we’re looking into several other possibilities.”

News 8 called the tax assessor’s office in Shelton and learned the home belongs to the Bailey family. We later learned they have a daughter, who’s also a student at Shelton High.

We asked police if other students were being questioned.

“In any investigation, background is part of the piece. Background is reaching out to friends and family members of anyone involved,” said Kozlowsky.

Shelton and state police investigators spent hours Sunday documenting the scene and looking for evidence, and were back at the home Monday morning.

Shelton bike

“SHS school crisis team will address any students or staff needing assistance…”  Shelton Headmaster Beth Smith said in a message on Twitter  Sunday.

“There was  a lot of counselors available today in school for anyone that wanted to be consoled about it and really talk and hear more about what happened,” said Charlie O’Keef.

“I requested extra security because that just sets in mind to students, staff, and parents that we want to ensure a very safe environment at the high school,” Smith said at a Monday news conference.

“I didn’t know who exactly it was. It was like scary knowing that someone in our grade could have been killed,” said Laura Kandro.

“I know a lot of people are worried about safety but I feel that Shelton High School is doing the right thing. I know there were extra security guards on staff today and they are doing everything they can to protect us and make sure we feel safe at our own school everyday,” said O’Keefe.

News 8 spoke with a father who says Ndoj was at his home the night before visiting his daughters, he’s thankful they weren’t with him Saturday night, but his thoughts are with Ndojs family.

“Good kid. I guess they were going to a friend’s house. They wanted my daughters to go but I didn’t let them,” said Loyola.

“It’s surprising to like think that there are people around here who actually want to like hurt like people our age. Like were only 15 and 16 like what can we do,” said Kandro.

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