Hamden youth, 14, dies after being shot near Waterbury

Crime scene tape

Crime scene tape


NEW HAVEN — A 14-year-old Hamden youth has died after being shot near Waterbury Monday, according to school officials.

Waterbury police Monday night said a 14-year-old was in “critical and life-threatening” condition after being dropped off with a gunshot wound to the head.

Justin Harmon, director of marketing and communications for New Haven Public Schools, said the teen attended High School in the Community. His family, Harmon said, reported to the district that he had died as of Tuesday afternoon.

Harmon said students at the school had been offered counseling as they deal with the loss. The school will be holding a memorial so students can share memories and grieve together, he said.

He declined to comment further on the matter, citing the family’s desire for privacy.

In a statement Monday, Waterbury police said they were notified the boy had been dropped off at St. Mary’s Hospital shortly before 4 a.m. “for medical treatment of a sustained gunshot wound to the back of his head.”

The boy was transported to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, according to police.

“At this time it is believed that that this incident occurred outside of the city limits,” said Waterbury police spokesman Lt. Ryan Bessette. He said the department’s detective bureau was actively investigating the incident, but said no further information was available.