Shelton police being aided by other agencies in shooting investigation
THURSDAY UPDATE: On Thursday, March 20, Kristjan Ndoj died from his injuries in the hospital.
In addition to the State Police, the Shelton Police Department has been assisted by the Ansonia and Derby police departments in its investigation of the March 15 shooting of Kristjan Ndoj, 15, of Shelton.
Shelton Police Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said officers from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Environmental Conservation police division, known as EnCon, also have been involved in the case.
EnCon police can assist local police departments with investigations, although their primary focus is enforcing the state’s hunting and fishing laws.
People have been cooperating
“We’re still trying to piece this thing together,” Kozlowsky said Wednesday of the active investigation into the Saturday night incident.
He said this has involved working with the Ndoj family, witnesses, and other people with knowledge of the incident or the people involved.
“Everyone we’ve talked to has been cooperating,” Kozlowsky said.
Police have spent time at the crime scene as well as nearby areas, gathering evidence and searching for a possible weapon.
“This is the routine course of business for a crime like this,” Kozlowsky said.
Rode bicycle to the house
Ndoj was found shot in the head and leg on the driveway at 1 Agawam Trail, a road in the city’s Pine Rock neighborhood. The 9-1-1 call for assistance was received at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday.
The teenager had gone to the area with one friend to meet up with other friends. Kozlowsky said Ndoj and the friend had rode their bicycles together to the Agawam Trail residence.
Ndoj lives with his family in downtown Shelton, which is about five miles north of where he was found shot. He is a sophomore at Shelton High School.
Ndoj remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries at Bridgeport Hospital, Kozlowsky said Wednesday.
Police following leads
Kozlowsky said the police are following all possible leads, including one that Ndoj had been threatened in advance of going to Agawam Trail.
“There are several rumors and tips,” he said. “We’re looking into all them, and that’s one we’re looking into.”
Agawam Trail is one of a series of small, hilly roads off lower Long Hill Avenue and near Route 110 (River Road).
It is adjacent to the Far Mill River, which separates Shelton from Stratford. The river flows through a small gorge in this area, which is heavily wooded.