A 14-year-old boy was in critical condition as of Monday afternoon following a shooting in New Haven.
Police said the shooting happened in the area of Bassett and Newhall Streets around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Monday, they said it appeared that the victim was targeted.
"My son didn't deserve this, he didn't deserve anyone to shoot him," the mother of the victim said. She asked to not be identified.
Her son just graduated 8th grade last month, and she doesn't understand why anyone would shoot him.
She claimed her son was walking home when the shots rang out.
Evidence has been collected from the scene, including ballistics.
"I heard like four, maybe five shots," said Anthony Johnson, a Bassett Street resident. "We looked out the window, then I heard somebody screaming."
"[I heard] pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," Johnson said. "Then I heard like some skidding, like somebody ran off."
They said the shooter was a passenger in a white crossover-type vehicle. They were wearing a white shirt, jeans, and "Jordan" sneakers. They also wore a black face mask.
Detectives continue to investigate the shooting.
In the meantime, neighbors said they just want the violence to stop.
"When I heard the shooting last night it really stunned me because I really haven't heard a lot of shooting lately in this neighborhood," said Nancy Rembert, a Newhall Street resident.
"People say that crime is going down," said Vernon Melton of New Haven. "I don't believe so."
A year-to-year comparison by the New Haven Police Department from Jan. 1 to July 16 showed homicides and "shots fired" incidents are down this year compared to last. However, non-fatal shootings are up by three from 29 to 32.
Six years ago, police said the number of homicides at this point in the year was at 19 with non-fatal shootings at 72. Shots fired were more than 250.
For the victim's mother, however, she said those numbers mean little. She said she and her other four children are trying to stay strong.
"They're holding up pretty well," the mother said. "They're trying to keep me together. They're holding in there, but most of all, we're praying."
Police are urging anyone with information to contact the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6304.
The victim has not been identified.
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