Police identify teen killed in Shelton stabbing

Teen killed in Shelton stabbing
Published: May. 15, 2022 at 10:04 AM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2022 at 1:32 PM EDT
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SHELTON, CT (WFSB) - Police in Shelton on Monday released the name of a Fairfield Prep student killed in a weekend stabbing.

They identified the victim as 17-year-old James McGrath of Shelton.

Fairfield College Preparatory School, where McGrath was a student, issued a statement on Monday afternoon.

Three other people were also stabbed in the incident, which police said happened Saturday night.

Shelton police said they were called to Laurel Glen Drive around 11:55 p.m. on reports of a fight and stabbing.

When officials arrived, they found several teenagers outside of a residence.

Police found the four people who were stabbed.

All four were given medical treatment and were transported to the hospital.

One of the teenagers, McGrath, was later pronounced deceased.

Several neighbors witnessed the incident. One person said she heard screams and called 911.

Other neighbors rushed to help.

“My mom tried to give CPR to one of the kids, who unfortunately passed away,” said Peter McCarthy, a neighbor.

McCarthy said his mom is a nurse.

“She was torn up about it,” he said. “I hope the three kids who also got injured they get better and that the kid who passed away. God bless him and I hope his families alright and I hope they’re able to get some closure.”

Those who knew the victim said he was a kind kid with a huge heart.

Detectives and the Milford State’s Attorney’s office said they have been actively investigating this incident.

An arrest has yet to be made.

Fairfield Prep also released a brief statement on Sunday regarding the incident.

We’ve reached that time of year of proms, graduations, plenty of parties and reasons to celebrate.

If there’s an incident at a home, could someone like the parents or homeowners be held liable as well?

“Obviously we don’t know the whole story yet, we don’t know exactly who did what, who knew what, but just to be clear, typically with a scene like this, there is alcohol involved and there is a very clear statute that says if you’re a homeowner and permit underage people, under 21 to drink at your home, you’re liable, it’s actually a crime,” said Mike Lawlor, Professor at the University of New Haven.

Lawlor has years of criminal justice experience in Connecticut.

He says that will be something to keep an eye on as Shelton police investigate this weekend’s deadly stabbing.

Lawlor says police will look to see if drugs or alcohol were involved and if the homeowner knew what was going on or should have known.

“The reason for the law about permitting underage people to drink at your home was more drunk driving related. I don’t think people considered there might be fights that turned into homicides involving knives,” said Lawlor.

Lawlor says just hosting a party could result in up to a year in jail.

“If the kids were talking about it and you said don’t tell me anything or you saw the telltale signs of alcohol in the home, hinted to you, then you should have known what was actually going to happen and these have given rise to prosecutions elsewhere in the state,” Lawlor said.

That could lead to charges like risk of injury to a minor, and he says if parents host, it’s not just the potential for criminal charges either.

“The civil liability for this is pretty significant too. You can be sued and obviously a homeowner is responsible for their children, up to the age of 18,” said Lawlor.

Shelton police say the investigation is ongoing.

Police asked anyone with videos or information to call the Shelton Police Detective Bureau at 203-924-1544.