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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 med

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.

ANON September 30, 2012 at 03:46 AM
such a tragedy. he was such a smart friendly kid. of all the people i went to school with i can honestly say i knew he was going somewhere, he had to. he always had friends around him, but was still able to pay attention in class. he was involved in after school activities, just an all around good kid. My prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace Dave, Many people are and will be missing you forever. <3
anon anon September 30, 2012 at 05:23 AM
that was my best firend i lost today honestly feeling regret but i know i shouldent, still cant believe this happen. i guess it was just his time, we just dident know it yet R.I.P D-wade #uswetogetherforever.
Stephen Mack September 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM
ANON, my heart aches for you and Davids Family. Never an easy thing, the lost of a loved one. My family and I will pray for you. Been a very tough, emotional time in Stoughton the last few weeks, we just continue to pray for God's incredible PEACE during this time of heartache and sorrow..
nikki September 30, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Dave wade was one of the nicest people full of intelligence he was also athletic friday i got to work with dave in math class not knowing i wouldnt see him ever again. this is very tragic the guy that sits or use to sit two seats behind me wont be there ever again im gonna miss you dave all my thoughts and prayers go out to the family Rest in Paradise Dave Wade. 9/29/12
Rebecca Cho September 30, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I am so sorry to hear about this tragedy. My prayers will be with the family. I cannot imagine how difficult this is going to be, and I hope that they will feel the love and support of their family, friends and community.
Dr Shirley Canniff October 01, 2012 at 03:52 AM
This is not a time to criticize and politicize the whole gun law. However, this plays out, a life was lost and grief comes to a family that needs prayers and community support. The first time that I got the news of the shooting was at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday morning at St James Church. From what I hear many of the youth that is part of the Youth Program were devastated because many of them were classmates and looked up to the young man. Our condolences go to the Wade family at this time.

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