GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — After a “long two days,” Groton police say they made one arrest, and expect more, in connection with the shooting that sent a 17-year-old to Yale-New Haven Hospital for emergency surgery.
Detective Commander John Varone with the Groton Police Department says that it was a “long two days” that led to the arrest of the shooter. A 17-year-old is in custody, and was transferred to the Hartford Juvenile Detention Center after being processed by Groton police.
He been charged with first degree assault and robbery, and carrying a pistol without a permit. Groton police say the investigation is ongoing, and they expect more arrests. Varone said that their “preliminary investigation revealed that this was not a random act.” Police also pointed out that those involved were not associated with the restaurant.
At 4:38 p.m. on Sunday, Groton police responded to the parking lot of the 99 Restaurant at 117 Long Hill Road, on a report of a shooting. There, officers discovered a 17-year-old suffering from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was transported to Lawrence+Memorial Hospital, and then to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. There is no word on his current condition.
Police had worked with Amtrak investigators to find the suspects, after reports that they had boarded a rail car. They also worked with the New London Police Department Patrol Division and the Regional Community Enhancement Task Force.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Groton Police Department at (860) 441-6712.