Teenage victim hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries

OXFORD – A 17-year-old male is in police custody in Oxford after he allegedly shot a 15-year-old male in a busy area of Main Street in Oxford the afternoon of Saturday, May 25.

According to Oxford Police Chief Anthony P. Saad, Oxford Police and other law enforcement agencies responded to reports of a shooting in the area of Oxford’s public library at 339 Main Street. Saad reports that an altercation began on the sidewalk in front of the rectory of St. Roch’s Church at 334 Main Street.

The suspect fled the scene of the crime by heading behind the church property and along railroad tracks that run parallel to Main Street. The victim was brought to UMass Medical Center in Worcester with non life-threatening injuries. The suspect was located and apprehended about one eight of a mile from the scene of the crime.

The 15-year-old male victim is a resident of Oxford. Police did not confirm in a press conference that the 17-year-old suspect was a resident of Oxford. Names were not provided for either the victim or the suspect due to their ages. Several witnesses are being interviewed and an investigation is under way.

“I want to assure the public that this was not a random act and they should go about their Memorial Day activities as planned,” Saad told reporters.

The suspect is charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Attempted Murder, Unlicensed Possession of a Firearm and Discharge of a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.

The shooting did not occur inside the library, as was originally rumored. Saad thanked the Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police K-9 unit, Webster Police and their K-9 unit, and the Worcester Police Department and their K-9 unit for their assistance.

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