NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hamden teenager remains hospitalized in critical condition today after a shooting in New Haven that left his half-brother dead.
Police identified the victim as 17-year-old Taijhon Washington of New Haven. The injured teen is 16. His name has not been released by police.
Police say the two teens were half brothers. Washington lived in New Haven and used to go to Hamden High school.
The shooting took place just before 9 p.m. near Butler and Lilac Streets in New Haven.
News 8 spoke to witnesses who say they tried to help him seconds after he was shot.
“I heard three shots,” said Lorna Briscoe, a witness. “I heard boom boom boom.”
“We heard the shots. We heard four shots,” said Tahirah Sharif, a witness.
She heard a car take off and called 9-1-1. Lorna Briscoe called too. She ran outside to Butler Street and saw two teenage boys on the lying on the ground in front of Lincoln Bassett Elementary school.
“I said you been shot? He said yeah and my friend said where? And he’s like I can’t feel. I can’t feel where. We said hold on the ambulance is coming and my friend tried to talk to the other one, but he wasn’t moving,” said Briscoe.
Once the ambulance got on scene they rushed the 17-year-old and 16-year-old to the hospital. The 17-year-old later died.
“They were on the porch crying at the last house and it was pretty much chaos. That’s what it looked like down here,” said Jimmie Tate, a resident.
The police investigation led officers to an apartment on Newhall Street, where they found a 73-year-old man who officers described as an assault victim. His injuries are said to be minor.
“The likelihood of a connection to the shootings has lessened as the investigation has continued. The assault victim’s injury is reported to be minor and non-life threatening,” New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman said in a statement.
Police did not release any information about arrests for the shooting. Detectives spent hours documenting the house and said it’s possibly connected.
And as questions still remain, Hamden students deal with the loss of their peer and hope the other fights through. Grief counselors were brought in to Hamden High School for students and staff, the school superintendent said.
“That’s the first thing my mind went to was my son, that’s why my heart really goes out to the two gentlemen,” said Sharif.
“It seems like there’s no respect for life today. Life is very precious,” said Karim Sharif, a witness.
Some people were seen being taken away by officers following the shooting, but police have not yet said if any arrests have been made or why the people were taken into custody.