School lockdowns lifted as Danbury police search for shooting suspect

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) - Lockdowns at Western Connecticut State University's Midtown Campus and the Ellsworth Avenue school have been lifted following a nearby shooting Thursday afternoon.

According to Danbury police, the shooting took place in the area of Ellsworth Avenue and Hospital Avenue. Officers report one shooting victim is being treated at Danbury Hospital after being shot in the arm.

Police said the shooter was last seen in the area of Wooster Cemetery. Officers described the suspect as a young African American man wearing a blue dew rag and a black NorthFace backpack. It is unclear what led to the shooting.

At 4:25 p.m., Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted that Ellsworth Avenue school will have a controlled dismissal.

A few minutes later, Mayor Boughton reported that all lockdowns had been lifted.

The area of Hospital Avenue and Ellsworth Avenue is now clear.

Police are still searching for the shooter and conducting their investigation.

Units added that the preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting was not random and that there is no information indicating that the shooter poses an imminent threat to the public.

If you have any information that could help Danbury officers locate him, you're asked to call them at 203-797-4614.

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