Police identify Hamden High School student killed in shooting at popular Hamden Park – NBC Connecticut
Police have identified the 15-year-old Hamden High School student who was killed in a shooting at a popular Hamden park on Monday afternoon.
Officers responded to the Farmington Canal Linear Park near Treadwell Street around 2:30 p.m. to a report of gunshots and found the injured teenager on the canal line, police say.
Elijah Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
Authorities are looking for the person responsible for the murder. Police said they received reports that three people were fleeing the scene.
Police are investigating after a 15-year-old was killed in a shooting at a popular Hamden park on Monday afternoon.
The Hamden School District said the teen who died was a high school student and officials described the incident as a “senseless tragedy”.
School officials said their district crisis team has been activated to provide support and guidance to anyone who needs it.
Parents are advised to look for behavioral changes in their children and, if necessary, contact your child’s counselor or school administrator. School officials are also advising parents to talk with their children about what happened.
“Talking with a parent/guardian/or trusted adult is very helpful for children as they try to cope and work through the tragedies in their lives,” the school district said.
Locals are shocked that the shooting happened in a generally quiet neighborhood.
“It’s definitely something that doesn’t happen on this street. It’s normally quiet and just a bit shocked at this point,” said Tito Rivera of Hamden. “It’s mostly people walking, family trails, jogging, biking, skateboarding.”
One person was fatally shot in the Farmington Canal Linear Park in Hamden on Monday afternoon, police say.
Among those concerned about the apparent homicide was the executive director of the Connecticut Violence Intervention Program, Leonard Jahad.
“We are dealing with more firearms that are in the community. So a lot of people are solving their problems with guns rather than talking about it,” Jahad said.
He said the effects of the violence go far beyond the people involved and extend to their families, friends and the wider community.
“It’s alarming because we are trying to uproot ourselves from other neighborhoods to have a better environment. But as we can see now, crime is going to happen where it happens. But it’s really alarming to be in this area,” Rivera said.
The Hamden Police Major Crime Unit and Crime Scene Unit are investigating the homicide.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hamden Police at (203) 230-4000. Callers can remain anonymous.