FITCHBURG -- A 23-year-old city man was shot and killed on Blossom Street last night and another older man was slightly injured in a separate shooting on Goddard Street about a mile away, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

The man was shot near 30 Blossom St. shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday, said police.

He was taken by ambulance to UMass Leominster Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted the case and autopsy will be performed.

The victim will soon be identified identification by the medical examiner.

The district attorney and Fitchburg Police Chief Ernest Martineau said the Blossom Street shooting doesn't appear to be a random act.

According to reports, a friend of the victim said the 23-year-old was a "good guy." They also said the wrong person may have been targeted in the shooting.

The State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney's Office, Fitchburg Police Detectives, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, State Police Firearms Identification Unit, and the State Police Crime Lab are investigating.

The Fitchburg Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The second shooting occurred about 25 minutes later near 48 Goddard St.

In that case several shots were fired at a vehicle and a man sitting in the car sustained a minor injury. Investigators are still trying to determine if the two shootings are related.


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