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Home hit by stray bullet in early morning shooting in Worcester

May 04, 2016

WORCESTER – A home on Merrick Street was hit with a stray bullet during an early morning incident Wednesday that also left a male hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say they first received a call about a large fight on Merrick Street at around 11:18 p.m. Minutes later, the Police Department received a Shotspotter activation for numerous shots in the area of 66 Merrick St. As officers responded to the area, police dispatchers also started receiving phone calls reporting shots fired.

Arriving officers found several witnesses, police say. They told officers that 12 to 15 people were fighting when shots rang out. Immediately after, two cars were seen leaving the area. Officers set up a crime scene and were also told that a bullet had entered a nearby dwelling. There were no injuries in the home.

Police located the vehicles reported to be involved in the incident. One vehicle with several bullet holes was towed to police headquarters for processing.

At approximately 11:44 PM, Worcester EMS reported a male had just called from a Vernon Street address saying he was shot.

"Officers responded to that location and determined that the victim was involved in the Merrick Street altercation," a police press release states.

The victim had a wound to the lower extremity and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Worcester detectives have taken over the investigation, which is ongoing.

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