16-year-old dead, several injured after shooting at large party in Northboro

NORTHOBORO, Mass. — A 16-year-old is dead and several are injured after a shooting at a large party in Northboro.

Authorities say that around 1 a.m. a partygoer flagged down an officer and reported that someone was brandishing a firearm at 333 Howard Street.

Upon arrival to the scene, police heard several gunshots from inside the residence which had about 300 people inside.

According to the DA’s office, responding officer described the scene as “chaotic” and officers found a 16-year-old male victim who was carried down the hill, transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center, and pronounced dead.

A second male victim who is 17-year-old was treated at Marlboro Hospital and was released.

Two other people were treated at Marlboro Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and released.

According to the DA, several people who showed visible injuries at the scene were treated but declined when officers requested they be taken to the hospital.

Three people have been arrested on firearm-related charges and will be arraigned on Monday in Westboro District Court.

Some neighbors said the home is known for hosting big gatherings.

“It usually begins around 12:30 you see like 50 plus cars pull in,” said Laura, neighbor.

Laura lives near Howard St. in Northborough, she said early Sunday morning the neighborhood was surrounded by first responders.

“We thought it was a sting operation or something because it seemed like hundreds of cops running around,” she said.

Police say that the home is on a property that has an Air BnB. Police are in contact with the owner and he was told a party would not be taking place.

All three arrested are not from Northboro, they range from age 19-27.

Some neighbors said the house at the top of the street is big.

“There’s a house 7 bedrooms beautiful sculptures out front very impressive home,” said Constance McManus a neighbor.

Another neighbor said she can hear parties happening there all the time but the violence is too much.

“Just shock, sadness, disbelief, I have four small children so it just makes me nervous they’re out running around the neighborhood all the time,” said Beth Rutman, neighbor.

Authorities say the investigation is in the early stages.

Police are asking anyone with information or video of the party to contact the Northboro police at 503-393-1515.

The DA said police talked to the homeowner a few days ago and were assured a party wouldn’t be happening but it did anyway. Boston 25 reached out to Airn Bnb to see if this incident could affect the owner’s ability to rent the property.

Boston 25 asked if the homeowner could be facing charges and was told that the matter was under investigation.

The DA said the victim is a resident of Bellingham but the Public Schools Superintendent Peter Marano told Boston 25 the teen was not a member of the school system.

“The Bellingham Police and Schools are aware of the tragic incident of violence that occurred in Northborough early this morning,” said Marano. “The victim was identified as a Bellingham resident; however, he was not a student at Bellingham Public Schools. We are also aware that other young people from Bellingham were in attendance at the party where the shooting occurred.”

Boston 25 News has reached out to Air BnB for comment.

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