FITCHBURG (CBS) — One man was killed and another was injured by two shootings in Fitchburg Thursday night. The shootings took place about a mile apart but it is unclear if they are related.
Around 9 p.m., police responded to a shooting on Blossom Street. A 23-year-old Fitchburg man was rushed to UMass Leominster Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The man was later identified as Leon Wilson. According to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early, he was known to police and the shooting does not appear to be random.
About 25 minutes later, there was a shooting on Goddard Street. A man who was sitting in a car suffered minor injuries after the car was shot at several times.
No arrests have been made.
Fitchburg Police Chief Ernest Martineau asked residents to come forward. He said, “We can’t do anything in the city without the public’s help. I’m asking the public: if you have information to please reach out to the Fitchburg Police Department.” Call detectives at 978-345-9650.
“We can’t do this alone, we are partners in the community,’ Martineau said.
The shootings have at least one young mother concerned for her family’s safety. “I was laying in bed and I heard four sounds, I literally thought it was fireworks,” she told WBZ-TV. “It makes me not want to live here, to be honest. That freaks me out a lot especially cause he’s only 5 years old and I think what if we were outside.”