Grief counselors at Hamden High School following teen’s shooting death

15-year-old boy shot and killed in Hamden
Published: May. 9, 2022 at 4:15 PM EDT|Updated: May. 10, 2022 at 12:14 PM EDT
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HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) - Grief counselors were brought to Hamden High School following the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy.

Police said officers responded to the Farmington Canal Linear Park around 2:30 p.m. on Monday for a shots fired report.

The teen victim was found on the trail with injuries. EMTs tried to resuscitate him. However, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police identified the victim as Elijah Gomez.

Authorities say they do not believe the homicide was random.

More information was expected to be released on Tuesday.

At Hamden High School, Channel 3 was told that the school district activated its crisis team to provide support and counseling to anyone who might need it.

“They mentioned that there’s people in a certain classroom that we can talk to if we need help with anything.” says Nataja Lawson, a Hamden High School senior.

“It was scary, it was really scary to think that happened around my neighborhood. It’s safe around here. Nothing ever really happens. It’s really quiet for the most part,” said Christine Smith of Hamden.

Neighbors off of Treadwell Street said they were shocked to come home to Hamden investigators combing the neighborhood.

“I was shocked. Normally it’s a quiet neighborhood with not a lot of activity,” said Hamden resident Tito Rivera.

Leonard Gahed, the executive director of the Connecticut Violence Intervention program, said there are a lot more guns in the community.

“It’s hard because a lot of the time we know the kids. If we don’t know the kids, that means they’re not a bad kid,” Gahad said.

Gahad went to the scene to see if he could help in any way. He said it is unclear if the victim or suspects were a part of his program.

“It’s not just the individual. It’s the family, their friends. It’s the entire community that’s effected by this,” he said.

“It’s really sad,” says Lawson.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hamden police at 203-230-4000. Callers can remain anonymous.

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