Student shot after basketball game in New Haven - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Student shot after basketball game in New Haven


Gun shots were fired outside of Hillhouse High School in New Haven on Monday night as families were leaving a varsity basketball game. Due to the incident, security at the school was beefed up to prevent another such crime.

As about 2,000 people poured out of the high school around 8 p.m., when gunshots rang out. A 14-year-old freshman was hit in the hand and a bullet grazed his leg, police said.

Extra police were patrolling the Hillhouse High School grounds Tuesday. The school canceled freshmen and junior varsity games scheduled for Tuesday night as a precaution.

"No young person should have to fear for his safety inside or outside a high school sports game. I am deeply saddened by this act of violence. I do not accept and will not tolerate any act of violence against a member of [the] school community," Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries said in a statement Tuesday.

Two people were arrested for interfering with police, but there's no evidence yet to connect those two men to the shooting.

A gun was found in the area, however no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. 

School officials told Eyewitness News they're working with police, and district staff to beef up security at sporting events, in addition to already improving security so far this year.

Nine officers were assigned to patrol the game Monday night because there was a fight there a few weeks ago as well.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call detectives at 203-946-6304.

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