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Woburn Man Charged After Unintentionally Shooting Friend in Neck, Police Say

A friend took the victim to a hospital and he is expected to survive

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A man is facing multiple charges in connection to a shooting at a home in Woburn, Massachusetts, Saturday afternoon, authorities say.

He shot his friend in the neck while showing off his new gun at a home on Mount Pleasant Street about 2:30 p.m., according to the Woburn Police Department.

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Officials said the suspect, 22-year-old Alec Augustino Braz of Woburn, had recently received his license to carry a firearm.

The victim, who has not been named, is 19 years old and is expected to survive, authorities said. The Middlesex District Attorney's Office initially said the victim was 34.

A friend took the victim to a local hospital after 3 p.m. Saturday, police said. Investigators recovered a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson pistol and interviewed everyone involved before arresting Braz.

His license to carry was immediately suspended and he is now facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, shooting a gun close to a building and improperly storing a gun.

Braz is expected to be arraigned in Woburn District Court on Monday. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak to the charges.

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