Gang-related Shooting Sends Worcester, Mass. Man to Hospital - NECN

Gang-related Shooting Sends Worcester, Mass. Man to Hospital



    Gang-related shooting sends Worcester, Mass. man to hospital

    25-year-old man shot; injuries not life-threatening (Published Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014)

    (NECN: Katelyn Tivnan) – Worcester, Mass. detectives returned to Providence Street Thursday morning.

    The street was the scene of a 3:00 a.m. shooting that sent one person to the hospital.

    One witness said, “It was about three to four shots and looked out the window and there was a guy laying in the road shot.”

    The witness, who declined to be on camera, was sleeping in a nearby apartment when the shots were fired.

    She says by the time she got through to police, Officers were already on scene.

    Police say a 25-year-old Framingham man was shot multiple times and that his injuries are not life-threatening.

    Worcester Police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said, “The victim is a known gang member in the city and investigators are looking at the possibility this is a gang and drug-related shooting.”

    Investigators say about a half-dozen people were seen running from the scene.

    Thursday they canvassed the neighborhood looking for information from potential witnesses.

    One person said, “It's absolutely horrifying no other way to describe it.”

    Hazelhurst said, “This incident highlights challenges this area has and one reason we have a large presence in the area and will continue to remain so.”

    Police are aware of the gang activity in the Providence Street neighborhood.

    It's one reason why the area is the focus of a new experimental policing strategy, putting an increased number of officers in that section of the city.

    According to police, the experimental policing strategy has resulted in 91 arrests since it started at the end of June.

    Hazelhurst said, “Knowing that we've been doing a lot of work up there making multiple arrests and really cracking down on gang activity and going after gang members.”