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Shots at Halloween party leads to seven gunfire incidents in 32 hours in Brockton

November 02, 2015



BROCKTON - Gunshots outside a Halloween party at The Shaw’s Center in Brockton early Sunday morning have sparked an outbreak of gun violence in the city over the last two days that, police said, has seen at least seven incidents of gunfire in a span of about 32 hours.

“There was an altercation outside The Shaw’s Center at 1:19 a.m. Sunday,” Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter said. “We believe that all of these incidents in the last 36 hours or so are related to this altercation.”

The event venue at 1 Feinberg Way was hosting a “Scream Costume Party” featuring multiple DJs. Police responded to a report of shots being fired and recovered two .40 caliber shell casings at the scene, Brockton Police Lt. Kenneth LeGrice said.

“You’ve got a late-night fight that then causes a couple groups of people to be chasing each other around the city with guns,” Carpenter said. “We’ve had additional officers on this morning and today and tonight assigned to the case.”

The first of the seven incidents, after the gunshots at the Shaw's Center, was reported about 2:44 a.m. Sunday on Bolton Place, where police found a car riddled with bullet holes crashed into a tree. Officers recovered a loaded gun from inside the car, police said. The people inside the vehicle fled on foot.

The most recent of the incidents was reported on Owens Avenue about 11:45 a.m. Monday.

Jean Lormil was in his living room on nearby Packard Street when he heard the loud bang of gunshots outside his home.

“It went boom, boom, boom,” Lormil, 48, said.

Near Lormil’s house, police found seven shell casings in the driveway of a house on Owens Avenue.

It was the second incident that Brockton police officers responded to in less than a half hour late Monday morning.

ShotSpotter, the city’s electronic gunfire detection system, detected two shots fired on Cross Street about 11:20 a.m. Monday.

Police at the scene reported there was one shell casing in the middle of the road.

Witnesses reported seeing a car being driven down Cross Street and another down Prospect Street.

Brockton Police Chief John Crowley said the gunfire incidents are a top priority.

“We’re making positive progress in our investigation and it’s moving forward at a good rate,” said Crowley. “It’s serious business. We have to solve this before someone gets hurt.”

The rash of gunshots throughout the city comes days before today’s general election.

The Monday morning gunfire came a day after Brockton police officers responded to three reports of gunshots in the city overnight, including one in which a man was shot.

Officers responded to calls on Pine Street, Allen Street and Davids Street on Sunday night into early Monday morning.

On Pine Street a 19-year-old man was shot in the leg and suffered injuries that were not life-threatening about 9:11 p.m. Sunday, Crowley said.

Police recovered shell casings on Davids Street and a house was struck on Allen Street about midnight Sunday, Crowley said.

Additionally, officers found shell casings near 170 Perkins St. Sunday morning about 5.

“I share the same concerns of all the residents of Brockton. We have to eradicate this from our neighborhoods,” Crowley said.

As of Tuesday morning no arrests had been made, LeGrice said.

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