Road Rage Incident on Rt 495 in Merrimac Ends in Shooting

Massachusetts State Police Release–07012012–Road Rage Incident on Rt 495 in Merrimac Ends in Shooting

Today at 12:17 p.m., an apparent road rage incident on Route 495 NB in Merrimac, MA resulted in a 16 year old female being shot one time in the upper arm.

Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Newbury responded to the area and are currently securing a number of areas as potential crime scenes.  Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit for Essex County, Crime Scene Services Section, and Ballistics Section are assisting with the investigation.

Troopers continue to search for the suspect vehicle described as a white, Honda Accord with tinted windows, bearing a red, white, and blue registration plate, with a white female operator who was wearing sunglasses.  The passenger in that vehicle is alleged to have fired the round that struck the victim.  He is described as a light skinned African-American or Hispanic male with short hair, wearing gray t-shirt sunglasses.

The victim was taken to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport with injuries reported as non-life threatening. The other occupants of the vehicle reported this as a road rage incident.  The 16 year old female victim is from Maine.  We are not identifying her at this time in accordance with our policy.  Troopers have responded to the hospital and are interviewing potential witnesses to this shooting.

State Police are asking for the public’s help in this matter.  Traffic at the time of the shooting was heavy and there may be other witnesses to this crime who have not yet been identified.  If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to please call the State Police Barracks in Newbury at (978) 462-7478.

No further information is available at this time.  This is a swiftly developing situation and there will be further advisories as the information becomes available. Members of the media are asked not call the barracks directly.

 

UPDATE

 

At the time of the shooting the victim in this incident and three other members of her family where traveling in a white, 2002 Nissan Xterra. The family was returning to Limington, ME after a family trip to Massachusetts.  This case remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police.  Please do not contact the barracks directly.

 

 

UPDATE

Some media outlets have inquired as to whether the 16 year old female victim in this case is pregnant.  These inquires are based on an erroneous media report.  While it is the Massachusetts State Police policy to never release such private information if it is not germane to the case, since it was incorrectly reported that she was pregnant we are confirming that she is not.