Thea Digiammerino

New Haven Police Arrest Man in Shooting of 13-Year-Old

New Haven police have arrested a man accused of shooting a 13-year-old boy in the leg over the weekend.

On July 22, police responded to the area of Shelton Avenue and Ivy Street for a reported shooting. When they arrived they found a 13-year-old boy suffering a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg nearby on Bassett Street.

On Tuesday, police arrested a suspect, identified as 21-year-old Charles Worthington, at his home on Lilac Street. He was charged with first-degree assault, carrying a pistol without a permit, and risk of injury.

Police were conducting a search on Lilac Street in New Haven on Tuesday that officers said was connected to the shooting of a 13-year-old boy over the weekend.

The teen victim has been released from the hospital. Police are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

Worthington is being held on a $1 million bond. He has been previously arrested on assault and breach of peace charges for an incident in June, police said.

New Haven police are investigating several recent shootings, including one that took the life of a 14-year-old boy. On Monday members of the community voiced concerns about the recent violence. Police have been actively investigating the incidents.

“As a result of these recent shootings the New Haven Police Department has deployed multiple additional resources to the areas which are being affected by this violence. Although this may help reduce the probability of additional shootings, it is imperative that the community step up and work with Police to bring justice to the victims of these horrible incidents. Now is the time for the community to take charge and to join us at the NHPD in a way that it has not done before. This violence must stop immediately,” wrote New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell in a statement Monday.

Anyone with information on any crimes should contact New Haven Police. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 203-946-6304.

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