Monday, July 4, 2011

One Dead, Another Seriously Wounded in Brockton Shootout, Crash

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--One man is dead and another seriously injured after what officials described as a shootout between two men who were driving in separate vehicles that ended in both vehicles crashing and exploding into flames near a house at 426 West Elm St. in Brockton.
"They both had multiple gun shot wounds," said Fire Chief Richard Francis Monday morning following the shootout and crash that took place at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 3.
Francis confirmed that one of the men has died from his injuries and the other was taken to Boston Medical Center in Boston and suffered serious injuries from bullet wounds.
"The one who was taken to Boston was in poor condition. rom what I understand he was still breathing, but in poor condition," Francis said.
Francis said firefighters arrived at the scene to find two cars in flames and the two men seriously injured from gunshot wounds.
Francis said one of the two cars that were shooting at each other veered off of West Elm Street and crashed into the backyard of 426 West Elm St., located at the corner of West Elm and Revere streets.
Francis said a black Acura crashed over the lawn, over shrubbery and crashed into a car parked in the driveway and a tree in the driveway.
Francis said several calls came in for the accident beginning with one for a two-car accident at 426 West Elm, followed by another for a car fire and another for a house fire.
Firefighters quickly doused the flames and prepard the victims to be taken to area hospitals.
Francis said once the two victims were taken by ambulance to Good Samaritan and Brockton Hospital the police began to seal off the area as a crime scene.
Francis said he could not provide the names of the victims at this time, but noted, "I think both of these guys are well-known to the police," Francis said.

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