NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A New Haven school went into lockdown on Wednesday morning due to shots being fired outside of the school.
School officials said gunshots were fired from a passing car while students were outside playing at recess at Lincoln-Bassett School.
No students were injured and the security officer and school personnel got the children inside rapidly, according to school officials. New Haven Police told News 8 the school was not the target.
The school was reopened just after noon when police deemed it safe.
People driving by News 8 today were rolling down their windows to yell “stop the violence.” They are hoping their pleas will be heard.
“It just breaks my heart, to be honest with you. I just wish that people were in a position to help these teenagers, or young adults, steer them in a better direction,” said Edmund Valeriano of New Haven. “It’s sad… I think the youth coming up now, it’s a very hard road for them to come through.”
Valeriano was born and raised in New Haven. He says more has to be done to stop the violence that has been plaguing the community and communities across the state. He is hoping to do his part in this fight.
“I understand what it is to be headed in the wrong direction and if you don’t have another direction, it leaves you at a dead end. I’m looking to try, in the near future, to try and help some of these kids,” Valeriano said.
Another resident News 8 spoke with echoed that same sentiment.
“Back in my time, there was a lot of activity, a lot of jobs, all those things are gone and you haven’t replaced them with anything,” he said. “We need to do better.”
New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker stressed that these are not random acts of violence — these are targeted incidents. He is urging anyone who has information about this or any other incident in the city to come forward and call the police.
“Our team is working very hard,” Mayor Elicker said. “It’s all hands on deck to make sure we keep people safe and hold people accountable.”