A 16-year-old Connecticut boy was killed in a deadly shooting Monday evening, New Haven police said.
Officers received a call just before 8:30 p.m. for reports of a shooting on Shelton Avenue.
When they got to the scene, officers found 16-year-old Marc Mulongo, who had been shot. He was rushed to Yale New Haven Hospital for treatment of his injuries but was pronounced dead a short time later.
Detectives with the New Haven Police Department are working hard to find the suspect.
“The person they were gunning for was probably targeted. We don’t believe it was this kid, we think it was possibly mistaken identification,” said Chief Karl Jacobson with the New Haven Police Department.
Chief Jacobson said they’re looking at all angles right now. However, they don’t have a clear-cut answer for how a teenager, who was not known to police, lost his life.
“We don’t know much,” Jacobson said. “We know he was playing basketball earlier in the day. We know that he has good grades and attended school and never really been in trouble with the police or anything.”
In the meantime, New Haven Police are not giving out any descriptions of a potential suspect at this point. They need the community’s help as they search for answers.
“We are deeply saddened by this loss of young life,” said Chief Karl Jacobson. “Our detectives are working tirelessly to piece together the events that led to this tragedy. We are asking anyone who may have information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, to come forward and help us bring those responsible to justice.”
At this time, police did not provide details as to what may have lead up to the shooting.
The department has launched an investigation into the shooting and detectives have been looking for witnesses and evidence, police said. New Haven investigators are urging members of the public to come forward with information they may have.
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to 203-946-6304 or through the department’s anonymous tip-line at 866-888-TIPS (8477).