Shooting of teen in Somerville was ‘not a random act’
SOMERVILLE — A 16-year-old Malden boy was fatally shot here Tuesday, city officials said.
Around 5 p.m., the teenager was found with serious injuries at 14 Farragut Ave., where gunshots had been reported, police said. He was taken to Mount Auburn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities said a preliminary investigation indicated that the shooting was “not a random act,” and that the teenager was inside the home with other people he knew. The teenager’s identity was withheld pending family notification.
As of 10 p.m, no one had been charged in the shooting, according to the Middlesex district attorney’s office.
Jerry Kaplan, who has lived on Farragut Avenue for 20 years, was trying to take a nap around 4:30 p.m. when he heard muffled, deep-voiced shouting coming from the house where the shooting took place. He said he was a little alarmed by the yelling, but did not hear a gunshot.
“It’s unbelievable. You hear about this all the time, but not in your neighborhood,” said Kaplan, a speech pathologist at Boston University. “It’s all kind of surreal.”
Dick Csaplar, 63, said he saw first responders carry the teenager out the front door of the house.
“I knew something serious had gone down . . . every cop in Somerville was here,” he said.
The teenager had been shot in the chest, Csaplar said.
Stacy Hernandez, who lives in the neighborhood, said the shooting made her concerned for the safety of her son, who is 15.
“I thought about my son, of course,” she said. “It’s crazy, a teenager.”
A 16-year-old who did not want to identify himself and said he used to hang out with the teenager described him as friendly, saying he never saw “him be mean to anyone.”
“How could that happen?” he asked. “He’s alive one minute, and then he’s shot.”
They played and talked about basketball in middle school, and would occasionally grab pizza together, he said. The victim moved out of Somerville more than a year ago, he said.
“It made me think about how it could all go away,” he said of the shooting.