The September 29th shooting which killed Stoughton High senior David Wade, long understood to be an accident, has officially been ruled as such, the office of Norfolk Country District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey announced in a press release Friday afternoon.
Wade, 17, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest at his Turnpike St. home. He was accidentally shot by his 21-year-old brother.
"The investigation into the September 29, 2012 shooting death of David Wade in his Stoughton home has concluded that the shooting was accidental, the pistol was lawfully possessed and criminal charges are not warranted," the release states.
"Massachusetts State Police detectives attached to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey’s Office and Stoughton Police conducted the investigation, relying on the work of State Police Crimes Scene Services and Ballistics, the work of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the consistent cooperation of the Wade family, including the brother who accidentally shot him," the release concludes.
Wade, a well-liked student at SHS, was a lineman on the Stoughton High football team and a former cheerleader. The Stoughton High cheerleaders had the Hockomcok League Fall championships dedicated in Wade's memory. And, the Stoughton High football team dedicated its season to Wade, with his #56 jersey and helmet placed on the team's bench each game for the remainder of the season.