High School Student Shot Tuesday Morning in New Haven

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013  |  Updated 6:20 PM EDT
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A 17-year-old Hillhouse High School student was shot on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to police.

A 17-year-old Hillhouse High School student was shot on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to police.

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A 17-year-old Hillhouse High School student was shot during an attempted robbery while he was walking on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to police.

Police received a 911 call reporting a shooting at 8:36 a.m. at Dixwell Avenue and West Gibbs Street, responded and found a teen who had been shot in the hip.

Emergency medical technicians treated the victim at the scene, located about half a mile away from the high school, and an ambulance brought him to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The teen is in guarded but stable condition, according to police.

Police Chief Dean Esserman, Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina, Supt. Garth Harries and the victim's mother have all gone to the hospital, police said. 

“I am deeply saddened and troubled that an act of gun violence has touched one of our students, and therefore our school community. As a school system and a city, we owe it to every one of our students to support and engage them in a way that sets them on a positive path and prevents tragic outcomes," Harries said in a statement.

This morning, Harries spoke with the victim's mother ans said the schools are offering support.

"We have mobilized to support the family during his recovery and we will continue working with the community to address the roots of gun violence and to seek a shift in culture that benefits students and families and strengthens our city,” Harries said.

Dixwell Avenue and Gibbs Street were closed off as police investigate.

Police are searching for two men who they said shot the teen.

One is thought to be between 17 and 19 years old. He has a thin build, is clean shaven and has his hair in corn rows or braids, police said. He wore black pants and a black and white plaid jacket.

The other is thought to be between 17 and 19 years old. He has a medium build and is clean shaven. He wore all black clothing including a hooded sweatshirt and had a black handgun.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call detectives at 203-946-6304. You can remain anonymous, police said.

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