Waterbury PD: 14-year-old boy suffers self-inflicted gunshot wounds while engaging in criminal activity


WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterbury Police are investigating after a teen was shot Tuesday afternoon.

Officers responded to the area of Congress Avenue for reports of a shooting. Police said a 14-year-old boy was found with gunshot wounds to his left hand and left thigh area. He was taken to the hospital where he is listed in stable condition, police said.

One neighbor says he was surprised when he saw the injured boy.

“You know he’s only 14-years-old. He’s shot. Don’t know what to think, you know it’s just a bad day, I guess.”

On Wednesday, Waterbury Police confirmed the shooting “appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot incident.”

Police have not said whether the incident was accidental.

“This incident is just an example of another juvenile who was familiar to the Waterbury Police Department due to a history of violent criminal activity and out on a release from court custody, further engaging in criminal activity, which endangered himself and the Waterbury community,” Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said in a statement.

There has been a recent rise in crime in Waterbury. Many involve children. In late September, a 10-year-old boy was shot, also on Congress Ave. Last week another 14-year-old was dropped off at Saint Mary’s Hospital after being shot in the head; he died.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Waterbury Police Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at (203) 755-1234.

The investigation is ongoing.

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