A man was shot multiple times on New Year's Day at an apartment complex in Norwood, Massachusetts, police say.
Investigators were still searching the crime scene Friday evening inside an apartment at the Commons at Windsor Gardens complex hours after the shooting took place in the middle of the day.
“Heard a couple shots,” said Ashley Oberg, who lives at the complex where the shooting took place. “A lot of commotion, a lot of yelling, I called 911.”
Police say 911 dispatchers received multiple calls around 12:15 p.m. Friday reporting shots fired in the area of an apartment building located at 701 Landsdowne Way.
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Responding officers found a 24-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on a third floor balcony. They used a fire escape to reach the victim and carried him by his arms and legs back down to the ground where he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
He was conscious and alert when officers arrived, and he is expected to survive, police said.
The victim does not live at the complex where the shooting occurred, according to police, and investigators believe the people involved in the crime likely know each other.
“From what we know so far we do not believe that this was a stranger assault,” said Norwood Police Chief Bill Brooks. “So we don’t believe the public is at any risk at this moment.”
Officers stopped and briefly detained several people in the area, but they have all since been cleared and released.
“We are trying to locate other people who we believe were here at the time of the shooting,” said Chief Brooks. “We do not yet have the firearm involved.”
Why the victim was at the complex and what the motive for the crime may have been are still under investigation.
Police say there is rarely any trouble there despite the property’s large size.
“It’s scary because you don’t think of this happening out here,” said Kelly Van Blarcom, who lives at the complex.
So far no arrests have been made and no description of any possible suspect has been provided by investigators.
An investigation is ongoing.