DA's Press Conference: 17-Year-Old Stoughton High Senior Fatally Shot at Turnpike St. Home
David Wade, 17, of Stoughton was allegedly shot in the chest by his 21-year-old brother and later died. The DA's Office has not ruled out that this was an accidental shooting. District Attorney Morrissey's press conference is posted in the media gallery.
David Wade, 17, a senior at Stoughton High School, died on Saturday after he suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, Norfolk County District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said during a press conference held at the Stoughton Police Station Saturday evening.
Morrissey said police received a call reporting an accidental shooting at a home on Turnpike St. in Stoughton just before 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 29.
When the Stoughton Police and Fire Departments arrived at 779 Turnpike St. they found a 17-year-old male in the cellar of the residence suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest, the DA said.
The apparent shooter is Wade's 21-year-old brother, Morrissey said. Morrissey declined to release the name of the brother at the press conference.
"This investigation is very early on. We have not ruled out an accidental shooting and it's fair to say the family is extremely devastated and they are cooperating with the police at this time," Morrissey said.
Wade was transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton where he underwent emergency surgery, Morrissey said.
"The doctors operated but they were unable to save the victim," he said.
The DA said "several" members of the family were home at the time of the shooting. He said the family consisted of the parents and four brothers.
Both the apparent shooter and mother of the victim called 9-1-1 immediately at the time of the shooting and family members rendered medical assistance, he said.
Charges have not been filed at this time.
Morrissey said the weapon belonged to a family member and that the alleged shooter was newly licensed to carry a firearm.
"When I say new, I mean very new," the DA emphasized. "Within the past couple of weeks."
The Stoughton Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and Norfolk County District Attorney's Office are continuing to investigate this incident.