NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A 14-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition after being shot in New Haven Sunday night, police say.
According to authorities, the 14-year-old was shot on Bassett Street near Newhall Street around 9:30 p.m. Police say the shooter was the passenger in a white Cross-over type vehicle. They say the shooter wore a white shirt, jeans, “Jordan” sneakers, and a black mask. Police say the Cross-over vehicle driver was a black male.
Police say it appears the victim was the specific target of the shooter and that this was not a drive-by assault. The victim’s name has not been released.
Neighbors heard several gunshots go off. Stephanie Perez described what she heard as, “Like, bang bang bang.”
The shooting happened occurred outside of Sherrea Blake’s house. She described what she experienced, “I heard like five gunshots, and then a couple of minutes later heard when the call sped off.”
Blake ran to help the victim; adding, “I just see that he was trying to get up and we were telling him to stay down. So I went in the house and grabbed him a pillow and a towel.”
According to Blake, the boy collapsed in front of her fence, “He ran right there where you see the fence at right there and that’s where he fell over.”
According to witnesses, the shooter was a passenger in a white Cross-over vehicle. Police believe the victim was the target. On Monday, detectives combed the scene for evidence.
Anthony Johnson expressed his frustration with the violence in the neighborhood.
I’m sick and tired of it, and my wife is ready to move. I’m ready to move. We have young grandchildren that be playing out here.”
Neighbors said they don’t feel safe. Jessica Murraro added, “I need to move. quick.” Osvardo Perez added, “A stray bullet has no name on it and I don’t want to jump on my kids and put them to the floor when you hear gunshots or something like that.”
Perez said, “I don’t feel comfortable being around here with all these shootings going on with the kids.”
Neighbors said there needs to be more activities for kids to keep them off the streets. Murraro told News 8, “This area is not good for the kids, it’s not good.”
Devonne Epps added, “We have a lot of land here, a lot of condemned buildings that can go toward the youth, rec. centers something.”
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call New Haven police at (203) 946-6304. Calls may be made anonymously.