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New Haven police investigate shooting near Yale

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A 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital on Sunday evening after being shot in the shoulder and leg in New Haven. (WFSB) A 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital on Sunday evening after being shot in the shoulder and leg in New Haven. (WFSB)
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A 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital on Sunday evening after being shot in the shoulder and leg in New Haven.

Police said they were called to the area of the Superior Courthouse on Elm Street, at a little before 6:30 p.m.

The victim was identified as Damien Phillips, and police believe he was targeted.

Police said the suspect was wearing a ski mask.

Elm Street between Wall and College streets was shut down as police investigate. Yale University dormitory Durfee Hall is located near where the shooting happened, and houses freshman students.

"I heard four or five gunshots," said student Diana Anastase, who is a member of Yale's Pistol Club and heard the gunfire from her dorm room. "I think I'm still in shock, because I was not that scared. I feel like I should have been more scared than I was."

Yale officials also sent out text alerts to the university notifying them of the shooting.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade was held in New Haven today. Parade-goers said they are sad to see the city dealing with violence on such a positive day.

"The camaraderie of the people is what makes this city beautiful so to have something foolish happen when we're trying to celebrate takes away from what the city is trying to celebrate," said Rick Campbell.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact police at 203-946-6304.

Police said the shooting was not connected to the St. Patrick’s Day parade earlier in the day nor Yale University.

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