Massachusetts man dead after stealing a truck and killing two people
An unhinged man crashed into a house with a stolen box truck, then got out of the vehicle and killed two people – before being killed by police outside Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday.
Chaos unfolded around 2:40 p.m. in a residential area of Winthrop after the gunman flattened a house with a truck he stole from a plumbing and plumbing company, according to NBC 10 Boston.
He then got out of the truck and shot a woman and a man, the station said.
Officers who responded to the chaotic scene shot the shoeless suspect to death, the local outlet said.
Massachusetts state police were investigating whether the two victims had attempted to stop the gunman when he killed them.
Two people in another vehicle were injured in the accident and were treated in hospital, the report said.
It’s unclear whether the suspect had ties to the plumbing and sewer cleaning company that owned the truck, or whether he aimed it at the victims, the report said.
Emely Norena was in bed when she heard a loud bang. She reportedly heard another crash after she ran outside to help the people in the car.
“Then I suddenly hear a series of gunshots. Then I ran back to my house,” Norena told the station.
“I feel like my head is empty. All I tried was to get my mom to safety because the gunshots really scared me. Winthrop is known as a very safe town. Things like this don’t happen a lot here, so it scared me a bit.”
Witness Robert Harrington gave a detailed statement to the station about the incident.
“He climbed out of the truck, climbed over the fence. He had no shoes on, he looked like he wasn’t there anymore. I don’t know if he was disoriented or what. And then he just casually started walking down the street. I wanted to say something, but what am I going to do, you know what I mean?’ Harrington is said to have said.
“Then he started jogging. Then I heard the ‘boom, boom, boom, boom’. Then I ran downstairs, I looked down and the next thing I saw is the body in the middle of the street. So I ran downstairs, sat behind the car, because the shots were still going on. You could see the smoke from the gun.”
‘To tell you the truth, girl, it makes me very sad. I just thought I’d block it and try to move on with my life, but it will definitely stick with me.”
The plumbing company, Rapid Flow, Inc., acknowledged the incident in a: Facebook post.
“This afternoon one of our trucks was stolen and unfortunately has just been used to drive through a Winthrop residence. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available,” the message reads.
The house that was flattened by the box truck was empty, according to the article.