Police: Shooting of boy in face doesn't appear to be random
August 28. 2017 10:07PM
MANCHESTER — The 17-year-old shot in the face overnight Saturday in Manchester was released from the hospital, and police now say the shooting does not appear to be random.
Police issued a statement Monday that clarifies several aspects of the shooting, which took place shortly after midnight on Sunday. Police said they believe the incident took place near Stanton Park, but not necessarily in the park.
“The egregious act of violence does not appear to be random and investigators believe there are additional witnesses to the incident,” police said in a statement.
Police have described the wound as non-life-threatening. In an earlier report, police said the teen told them he was in Stanton Park, along Pine Street, sitting on a bench when a man approached and without provocation shot him in the face.
Stanton Park is located close to Beech Street School. It includes basketball courts, athletic fields, a playground and walkways. It has also been referred to as Adventure Park and Sheridan-Emmett Park. Anyone who witnessed the event or heard gunshots should contact Manchester police at 668-8711 and ask for the juvenile unit or contact Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 to leave an anonymous tip.