Gunman shoots two people dead after crashing stolen truck into a building before being killed by police in Boston
- Gunman killed two people on Saturday afternoon in Winthrop, Massachusetts
- Shooter opened fire after crashing stolen plumbing truck into building
- Police quickly confronted the shooter and opened fire, killing him
Police have opened fire and killed a crazed gunman who stole a plumbing truck, crashed it into a building, and then fatally shot two innocent bystanders.
The shocking events unfolded at 2.41pm Saturday afternoon in Winthrop, Massachusetts, where police responded to reports of a large truck crash as well as 911 calls of shots fired.
Arriving at the scene near the intersection of Shirley Street and Cross Street, cops found two people found shot and quickly identified and confronted the suspected shooter, opening fire on him, police said.
Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty confirmed that police fired at the suspect during the encounter.
A gunman has shot two people in suburban Boston before being shot by police, in an incident that saw a plumbing truck crash into the side of a house
The incident unfolded at 2.41pm Saturday afternoon in Winthrop, Massachusetts , where police responded to reports of a large truck crash as well as 911 calls of shots fired
The suspect sustained serious, life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
According to WHDH-TV, the gunman stole the box truck, which has the logo of a plumbing company on the side, before crashing it into a brick building in the quiet residential neighborhood.
The shooter then immediately exited the cab of the truck and began firing on bystanders, hitting a female pedestrian and a male victim, who police say may have confronted the shooter to try to stop him.
Photos from the scene also show a separate vehicle crash nearby, with an SUV lying mangled in front of a house.
Medics wheel a gurney toward the scene after two people were shot in suburban Boston
Police secure the scene after a large truck crashed and shots were fired
It was not immediately clear whether the victim fatalities were the result of the shooting or the truck crash.
One police officer was taken to an area hospital for an evaluation but was not seriously injured.
Police say that there is no further danger to the community, but urged motorists and members of the public area asked to avoid the area to allow emergency crews and investigators to work.
The Massachusetts State Police issued a statement urging media helicopters to withdraw from the scene, saying notifications have not yet been made to the families of the victims.
Developing story, more to follow.