Man shot with rifle while shoveling snow

By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
shaun@thecitizenchronicle.com

NORTH BROOKFIELD — Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly fired a rifle at a local man who was shoveling after a recent snowstorm.

The shooting took place around 10:00pm on Monday, January 8, affirmed the North Brookfield Police Department last night in a press release. According to police, a 35-year-old Bigelow Street resident was shoveling his driveway when, after turning briefly, he saw a person holding a rifle. “As the victim turned with the shovel, the rifle discharged, causing a bullet wound to the victim’s side,” police reported.

The unidentified victim went to Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge before they transferred him to U-Mass Memorial Hospital in Worcester. He was treated for the wound to the side of his abdomen, and released from U-Mass.

According to police, the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. With sub-zero temperatures on January 8, the assailant has been hard to describe. The suspect was wearing several layers of clothing, including a dark jacket and a full-face knit hat.

The Worcester County District Attorney’s Office has assigned the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit to assist the North Brookfield Police Department in the investigation of this shooting. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to notify Officer Chris Donais at the North Brookfield Police Department by calling (508) 867-0206, or the State Police Detective Unit at (508) 832-9124.

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