BREAKING: Shots fired on High Street

UPDATED Saturday 6:32 p.m. A New Haven resident was shot early Saturday morning on High Street near Yale fraternities Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Yale Police Department Lt. Joseph Vitale said that the victim was not a Yale student and that his injuries were not life-threatening. Witnesses on the scene reported hearing three to four shots around 1 a.m. Both YPD and New Haven police officers are investigating the area in front of the Cambridge Arms apartments 32 High Street, Vitale said, adding that the victim had been shot in the arm and was removed from the scene via ambulance.

The shooting happened on Yale’s main fraternity row, and bullet hole was visible in one of the Cambridge Arms’ gutters.

Police closed High Street between at Ay! Salsa and Crown Street, but reopened it when the on-scene investigation was considered complete at 1:32 a.m.

At 1:40 a.m. Yale sent out an alert about the shooting, asking that students avoid the area.

YPD Chief Ronnell Higgins sent out an e-mail to the campus at 2:30 a.m. reporting that a suspect was arrested near the shooting in the possession of a handgun.

Because the shooting took place on a city street, the New Haven Police Department is handling the ongoing investigation. NHPD spokesman Joseph Avery did not return requests for comment.

This incident is the seventh time shots were fired near Yale’s campus in two months, a situation that YPD Spokesman Steven Woznyk has said the department is actively working on. Strategies have included doubling the department’s patrols and specifically targeting high-risk areas.

Saturday’s shooting was the closest incident to campus since at least five shots were fired outside of Alpha Delta Pizza on Elm and Howe streets Apr. 9.

Like the fraternity row shooting, the Apr. 9 incident occurred early on a Saturday morning between New Haven residents not associated with Yale. Both shootings took place in a popular late-night hangout area for undergraduates.

2011 is on track to be the deadliest year in the past decade for New Haven. The city has already seen 13 murders.

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