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October 1, 2012

Family says teen boy's fatal shooting accidental

STOUGHTON, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts authorities say a newly licensed gun owner has fatally shot his teenage brother in what the family says was an accident.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey tells the Boston Herald that 17-year-old high school senior Dave Wade died after the Saturday shooting at his family’s Stoughton home.

Morrissey says Wade’s 21-year-old brother had gotten a gun license within the past couple of weeks.

He says Wade’s brother and mother called 911 and tried to help the teen before emergency responders arrived.

Authorities are investigating the shooting as a possible accident. They say the family is devastated and cooperating with police.

Neighbor Chet Collins tells the newspaper that the family is close-knit and loving and that the teen was one of four sons.

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