At just before 4:30PM, Oxford Police responded to the center of town for reports of a fight with shots fired. Officers arrived moments later to find a 15-year-old Oxford boy suffering from a gunshot wound in front of the library. Police believe the original altercation occurred outside in front of St. Roch’s Rectory.
After the shot was fired, the suspect fled the scene on foot and was located about an eighth of a mile away on Water Street.
The Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Investigators and K-9 officers from Webster and Worcester were called to help locate the firearm. At 6:19 PM police say the .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun was located nearby.
The suspect, who is 17 and whose name has not been released, is being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlicensed possession of a firearm, attempted murder, and discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
A motive has not been determined.
Earlier this afternoon Town Manager Jennifer Callahan posted a message to Facebook saying, “law enforcement and EMS has responded swiftly and effectively,” and “there is no active threat to public safety at this time.”
The victim was transported to UMass Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Police believe the suspect and victim know each other and this was not a random act of violence. They are still working on interviewing several witnesses to the crime.
A video of the police news conference is below.
WATCH LIVE: Oxford police provide update on reported shooting in town center.
Posted by 7News – WHDH Boston on Saturday, May 25, 2019
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