Filming on Mechanic Street in Southbridge

SOUTHBRIDGE – A discarded lighter lay on the sidewalk near a splash of blood droplets after police removed the crime scene tape that covered Mechanic Street on Monday night.

Neighbors said that just before police arrived at around 6:45 p.m., they heard what sounded like a verbal argument followed by a single gunshot which some mistook for fireworks.

A resident, who lives near the site across from the Violet Avenue intersection, said he walked out of his apartment and saw police deal with a man draped over the hood of a small black car. He said the man was bleeding and an ambulance took him to the scene. The car had visible marks and blood on the hood.

Residents watch from their porches as crime scene investigators gather evidence at the scene of a shooting on Mechanic Street on Monday night.

A spokesperson for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said Monday evening that State Police detectives from that office were investigating a shooting in Southbridge. She did not expect to disclose any additional information.

There, a large number of officers were seen photographing the area. They viewed video footage from security cameras on neighboring buildings and spoke with neighbors. Crime scene and ballistics technicians gathered evidence as residents watched from the street and the porches of three-story apartments nearby.

In radio broadcasts, officers in towns in the area were first told to search for a silver 4-door Mitsubishi and later that evening to search for a green Honda CRV driven by a wanted man as part of the shooting.

Police did not provide information on the victim, although neighbors said they were told his injuries were life threatening.

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