Hillhouse Football Player Shot in New Haven

School officials will be holding an emergency meeting.

A Hillhouse High School football player is recovering after being shot in New Haven Thursday night and school officials said they will be holding an emergency meeting today.

Derrick Smith, 18, was shot in the stomach and the thigh, according to police.

Two New Haven police officers were investigating another incident, a domestic, on Elsworth Avenue when they heard gunshots nearby around 7:15 p.m.

The officers ran to the scene on Stanley Street, where they found a car with several bullet holes through a window.

As officers continued to search the scene, they found Smith in the back yard of a home on Stanley Street. The officers also found a gun nearby, police said.

Smith was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Police believe four men were involved in the shooting. The officers did see two men running from the scene and found a second weapon in the area where the men took off, according to police.

Police said they detained one person.

New Haven Public Schools released a statement, saying they will hold an emergency YouthStat meeting.

Supt. Garth Harries said the school department's main concerns are to ensure all students in the school are safe, to continue to support and communicate with Smith's family and help students cope with this incident.

"Last night, District and school administrators were on site with the family to represent the district's ongoing support through the situation," Harries said in a statement. "We immediately initiated YouthStat because this is when our at-risk students need that kind of tailored engagement the most. Today and over the weekend we will continue doing all we can to support the student's family as well as the community, and we're hoping for a safe and speedy recovery."

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