NEW HAVEN >> A 14-year-old male student was shot in front of Hillhouse High School Monday night, police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman said.
Hartman said the boy was found near Dixwell Avenue and Munson Street with a gunshot wound to his hand and a grazed bullet wound to his leg. The injuries were not life threatening and the boy was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
The boy is expected to make a full recovery, Hartman said.
Police responded to a report of shots fired outside of Hillhouse at around 8 p.m. Around 2,000 people were leaving a Hillhouse boys’ basketball game against Hill Regional Career High School. Police arrested two people and found a gun near the school, but said they were not charged with any weapon-related crime.
The game between the two city schools was orderly on the court and in the stands, schools spokeswoman Abbe Smith said. Many police officers, school security personnel and school staff were stationed at the game.
No information on the arrestees was available and the investigation continues.
The public school system is working with police to help with the investigation.
Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries and Hillhouse Principal Kermit Carolina visited the boy and his family in the hospital Monday night, Smith said.
“No young person should have to fear for his safety inside or outside a high school sports game,” Harries said in a press release.
“I am deeply saddened by this act of violence and pray for the victim’s full recovery,” the statement said.
“I do not accept and will not tolerate any act of violence against a member of the school community. The safety of our students is my absolute utmost priority and we will work with police to investigate this incident and continue to take every measure possible to protect our students,” he said.
Tuesday’s JV and freshman basketball games scheduled to be played at Hillhouse have been cancelled. The school district said it will have increased security at Hillhouse and other high schools Tuesday.
At least three police cruisers were parked outside the school Tuesday morning, a sight that students say is not unusual. Bobbie Richards, an eighth-grader, said she was a little nervous to come for geometry class today following last night’s shooting.