OXFORD, Mass. - Police are investigating after a teenage boy was shot on Main Street in Oxford on Saturday, according to local authorities. The boy was transported to UMass Medical Center and is expected to survive.
The incident occurred just before 4:30 p.m. in the area of 339 Main St. at the town's library. The victim is a 15-year-old boy. Police arrested one suspect, a 17-year-old boy, and recovered a gun at the scene.
The suspect was discovered a short distance away from the scene at a set of railroad tracks.
"An Oxford officer found him an eighth of a mile from the scene and was arrested," said Anthony Saad, Oxford Chief of Police.
Two hours after the suspect's arrest, police located the alleged firearm used in the shooting.
Oxford PD: Teenage boy shot and wounded found near library. One person arrested, a gun was recovered. Chief says the violence began with a fight in front of a church. @boston25 pic.twitter.com/sjDwXozUqf— Elysia Rodriguez (@ElysiaBoston25) May 25, 2019
A fight in front of the nearby church prompted the shooting, according to the Oxford Chief of Police.
Victim is 15 years old. Suspect is 17 years old. Victim is expected to survive.— Elysia Rodriguez (@ElysiaBoston25) May 25, 2019
Police say the suspect is in custody and that there is no threat to the public. The accused teen faces a long list of charges that includes Attempted Murder and has the potential to grow, officials say.
"It just goes to show that things like this can happen in small communities like this," Chief Saad said. "So you want to make sure that you know who your friends are and what they're all about."
Law enforcement is not releasing the names of either teen involved in the incident as they are both minors.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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