Thursday, July 10, 2014

State offers $50,000 reward in shooting death of Shelton teen Kristjan Ndoj

This undated yearbook photo shows Kristjan Ndoj, of Shelton, who was shot twice on March 15. Contributed photo / Shelton High School

 SHELTON >> The state has offered a reward of up to $50,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the homicide of 15-year-old Kristjan Ndoj.

Ndoj was fatally shot in March in the driveway of a friend’s home on Agawam Trail in the Pine Rock section of the city.
The $50,000 reward is the maximum allowed under state law. It was authorized by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after it was requested by State’s Attorney Kevin D. Lawlor.

“I want to thank the Governor for approving our request for a reward. Hopefully, this will generate information that will lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of whoever committed this horrific crime,” Lawlor said in a statement.

Ndoj died March 20, five days after he was shot and his death was ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner’s office. The Shelton High School sophomore suffered gunshot wounds to the head and leg, police said. Investigators said the shots came from a nearby wooded area.

Last week, Ndoj’s grieving loved ones talked to the Register and expressed frustration with the lack of developments in the case and hopes that anyone with information will come forward and tell police. Ndoj’s family immigrated to Connecticut from Albania when he was a child.

The victim’s grandmother mentioned how he had been threatened before the shooting. Police were made aware of this and checked into it. However, police believe it to be unrelated to the shooting, sources said.
Police have also been investigating whether someone who lives in the Agawam Trail neighborhood is responsible. The shooting location is 3½ miles away from Kristjan’s Coram Road home.

According to his grandmother, only a short time transpired between Kristjan leaving their house and the family receiving a phone call that he had been shot.

“This incident is horribly tragic and appears out of the blue,” said attorney Michael Boynton of Milford, who represents the victim’s family. “I don’t think anyone knows if (the shooting) was random or by design.”

Last week, Vance urged anyone with information to come forward and contact law enforcement. “Our major crime detectives have reconstructed the scene and have some leads they are following up on, but it is nothing we are prepared to discuss publicly,” Vance said.

The case is being investigated by the state police Central District Major Crime Squad and Shelton police. “If anyone had any details, no matter how insignificant they may seem, please call, and the information will be kept in the strictest confidence,” Vance said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 860-685-8190 or 1-800-842-0200.

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