HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) – Hamden police are searching for a suspect who they believe is responsible for a shooting that happened Friday night at a house party.

Officials say at least five people were taken to the hospital. 

Hamden Mayor Curt Leng held a news conference on Saturday afternoon.

He said three of the five victims were released from the hospital.

Meanwhile, New Haven police said during their own Saturday afternoon news conference that they have a strong belief that a shooting in their city that happened later is connected. An 8-year-old boy was shot in the leg when someone opened fire on a home on Thompson Street in New Haven.

The town of Hamden made residents aware of the incident, which took place during a fireworks display, through a Facebook post. 

Nearly 500 people were at the house off Choate Avenue when police arrived to break up the party. They received reports of drunk people laying in lawns.

The shots rang out as crowds started to disperse.

Police said officers found four gunshot victims outside the home. They were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital. A fifth victim was taken to the hospital by a friend.

A heavy police presence was seen at the hospital as friends and family of the victims arrived. 

Officials provided details on the five gunshot victims.

An 18-year-old female from New Haven suffered a gunshot wound to "the right flank," a 19-year-old female from Bridgeport suffered a gunshot wound to her buttocks, a 20-year-old male suffered a gunshot wound to his arm, a 21-year-old female from Hamden suffered a gunshot wound to her foot, and a 23-year-old male from New Haven suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh. 

The extent of injuries to the victims remained unknown on Saturday afternoon.

Police are searching for a man whom they described as a man in his early 20s with a thin build who had a "pock-marked face" and hair on his chin. Police said he was last seen wearing a black backwards hat, a tee shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Hamden Police Department detective division at 203-230-4000.

Stay with Eyewitness News for more information as soon as it comes into the newsroom.

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(1) comment

RG

It isn't a party without a senseless shooting! Keepin that diversity real yo!

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