New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - A shooting at a corner store near Hillhouse High in New Haven prompted a lockdown Tuesday afternoon, police said.
The shooting happened in the area of Goffe and Crescent Streets, close to the Hillhouse High School grounds.
Shots rang out, and immediately Hillhouse High School went to Code Red.
When asked if they were in lockdown, Hillhouse Junior Christopher Williams said, "Yeah, I don't know, I was terrified."
No students were involved, but there were multiple shots fired. A group standing on the corner was apparently targeted.
A 45-year-old man was grazed in the hip. He took himself to St. Raphael's hospital. He told police he had his back turned and only heard the shots. He never saw who fired them.
A green van all the way across the school property had the windows shot out. It's all a bit much for folks who live here.
"The kids come and go to school. You know, there's nothing going on in the street. It's a very nice, quiet neighborhood. I enjoy living here. I just moved here. I'm very happy here," said resident Lydia Tirillo.
Students tell us they feel safe as well, but they don't usually venture out at night.
"I go straight home, and strictly back to school," Williams said.
New Haven detectives fanned out and canvassed the neighborhood for witnesses. Officers say they are dedicating a lot of resources to this because it was almost on school property.
Hillhouse was in lockdown for only about a half-hour. By the time the buses rolled it seemed like business as usual, but the shooting was still on everyone's minds.
"I just know that the city needs a lot of prayer, and people need Jesus, you know, we can pray to stop this violence," Tirillo.
If you have any information about this, you're asked to call New Haven police at 203-946-6316.
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