By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
SHELTON, Conn. (AP) _ Shelton police said Thursday they are intensely investigating the shooting last weekend of a 15-year-old Shelton High School sophomore who died Thursday, the first homicide in this Fairfield County city in nearly two decades.
Kristjan Ndoj was found shot in the head and leg in the driveway of a Shelton home Saturday night. He died Thursday at Bridgeport Hospital, police and hospital officials said.
Police say they’re looking into reports of threats against the teen and brought in outside police agencies to assist. Police say the last killing was in 1996 in Shelton, home to a mixture of affluent and working-class residents.
“This is not something that we deal with on a routine basis so we brought in the expertise of other law enforcement agencies,” said Lt. Robert Kozlowsky, noting state police and surrounding police departments were helping. “We are going at this full throttle.”
No arrests have been made. Authorities say the boy doesn’t live at the home where he was found, but declined to discuss further details except to say the shots came from the woods.
The victim’s family issued a statement thanking police for “their tireless efforts in investigating this senseless act of violence.”
“A bright boy, and naturally gifted athlete, who seemed wise beyond his years, will be remembered by all who knew him for the sparkle in his bright green eyes,” said attorney Michael Boynton, who read the family’s statement at a news conference. “The family does wish to express their appreciation and deepest thanks to all the doctors, staff and the entire team at Bridgeport Hospital for their heroic efforts in trying to save Kristjan’s life.”
The shooting prompted Shelton High School officials to offer counseling services to students and increase security at the school this week.
“Obviously this is a very somber time for Shelton High School, Shelton Public Schools and the entire Shelton community,” said Schools Superintendent Freeman Burr.
An alleged threat is one lead that police are investigating, Kozlowsky said. He would not discuss details about who allegedly made the threat or the other possibilities that police are looking into.
“That’s one of the angles that we’re working on,” Kozlowsky said.
Police have received many tips, rumors and calls about the case, he said.
“We’re running them all down. We’re taking them all seriously, Kozlowsky said.
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