A Hillhouse football player was shot in New Haven Thursday night, head coach Reggie Lytle confirmed Friday morning.
The player was in the Dwight neighborhood of New Haven when he was hit in the stomach and leg, according to an initial report by WTNH, which first reported the story Friday morning.
Lytle, who spent the night with the player, an 18-year old senior, at Yale-New Haven Hospital, says the player is expected to survive and will have surgery Saturday.
Hillhouse is scheduled to play Hand at Bowen Field tonight at 6 p.m. The game’s status is uncertain as of Friday morning. [Update, 11:20]: The game will be played as scheduled.
This story will be updated as we get more information.
Hillhouse’s Twitter account has responded to well-wishes from Hand following news of the incident.
— Hillhouse Boosters (@HillhouseSports) September 16, 2016
— Hand Tigers Football (@HandTigersFB) September 16, 2016
Hillhouse High School Principal Glen Worth has told New Haven Register that the student will be OK and the school was operating normally Friday morning.
“We had a meeting this morning just to make sure the students are safe, and we had a space for kids to have someone talk to them” if needed, he said.
[Update, 11 a.m.] A previous version of this story said two people were shot in the incident, citing a report by WTNH. New Haven police reported only finding one victim. That reference has been removed.
[Update: 11:11 a.m.]
Via the New Haven Register: Officer David Hartman said said Officers Nicholas Katz and Endri Dragoi were investigating another incident on Elsworth Avenue at 7:17 p.m. when they heard shots ring out to their north. They ran toward Chapel Street and spotted two men running across the street. One cut through backyards and disappeared; another was detained and interviewed.
Police found ballistic evidence and several bullet holes in the window of a parked car on Stanley Street. Officer Joseph Staffieri and his K-9 found the wounded man in a nearby backyard.
Hartman said a revolver was also found nearby. A second gun was found in a driveway near Ella T. Grasso Boulevard and Chapel Street, where Katz and Dragoi had seen the two men running.
A witness told police she saw a man shooting in the area. She described him as a black man with a medium complexion who stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall and is of slim build. He reportedly wore a black, hooded sweatshirt with white draw-strings and black or dark blue jeans.
The witness reportedly saw the shooter carrying a black handgun in his right hand, but did not see the person at whom he was shooting.
Police are also reviewing surveillance footage in hopes of producing additional leads. Anyone with information is urged to call detectives at 203-946-6304.
The game will be played as scheduled, according to New Haven AD Erik Patchofsky via SCC Commissioner Al Carbone.
[UPDATE: 11:39] We have made an editorial decision to withhold identifying the player’s name. It has been removed from this report.
— Al Carbone (@SCCcommissioner) September 16, 2016