Stoughton high school senior shot, killed
STOUGHTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A 17-year-old high school senior died Saturday after he was allegedly shot in the chest by his brother. The grieving family said the shooting was accidental.
Neighbors said they saw him mowing the lawn earlier Saturday and they watched him and his team win a high school football game Friday night. Now, the family is grieving their son and told police the boy was accidentally shot by his brother.
“The calls themselves reported there was an accidental shooting or discharge,” said Norfolk County district attorney, Michael Morrissey.
Police said the boy's mother and his brother, the alleged shooter, both called 9-1-1 around 3:30 p.m. and described an accident in the cellar.
The victim, one of four brothers, was rushed to a hospital where he later died.
“We’ve had nothing but positive interactions with this boy and the whole family,” said Lt. Robert Devine.
Police said several family members were home at the time of the shooting. They said the weapon belonged to the family and that the 21-year-old brother was newly licensed to have a gun. But, investigators are still trying to figure out what happened before the 17-year-old was shot in the chest.
“This investigation is very early on. We have not ruled out accidental. It's fair to say the family is extremely devastated and they are cooperating with police at this time,” said Morrissey.
Police said when they arrived family members were in the basement trying to help the 17-year-old. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital and sent into surgery where doctors were unable to save him.