WINTHROP, Mass. – Three people have died, including the suspected gunman, after a Saturday afternoon shooting in a Boston suburb that a spokesman for the city’s police and government first described as an “event of many victims”.
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Update 5:30 p.m. EDT June 26: Winthrop, Massachusetts, police said both victims and the suspected shooter are dead, WFXT reported.
Massachusetts State Police said the gunman hijacked a truck and slammed it into a building. The suspect then opened fire, killing a man and a woman, soldiers said. The suspected shooter also died after being shot by police in Winthrop, Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said in an email to The Associated Press.
“We are investigating whether the man may have tried to hire the suspect to end the threat,” Procopio said.
Original report: According to a Press releasePolice in Winthrop, Massachusetts received reports that a large truck had crashed into a building, followed by gunfire, at around 2:41 p.m. EDT.
Authorities at the scene discovered that two people had been shot, according to Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty.
An armed man has been identified by police and Delahanty confirmed that the police shot the person. The suspected gunman suffered “serious life-threatening injuries” and was taken to a hospital in the area, according to the report. Press release.
The condition of the two victims was not immediately known, according to WFXT.
A policeman was taken to a local hospital for assessment but was not seriously injured, Delahanty said.
Previously, John Guilfoil, director of a public relations agency hired by cities and local communities, tweeted this “We are confirming an incident with multiple casualties in Winthrop by @Winthroppolice. Very active scene at the moment. Guilfoil also posted to public security page that there are “several injured” and advised motorists to avoid the area.
Winthrop is located east of Boston, near Logan International Airport.
Previously the Winthrop Police Department tweeted that there was an “active crime scene in town”, but did not specify. Officials added in the tweet that there was no active danger to the public.
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