Double Shooting Confirmed at New Bedford Gas Station
New Bedford Police Sunday night responded to a double shooting at 171 Coggeshall Street, the site of a Petro Mart gas station convenience store, a department spokesman has confirmed.
Two persons were treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and the matter remains under active investigation, said New Bedford Police Lt. Nathaniel Rodriguez in an email. When asked about rumors of a related lockdown at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Rodriguez said he was not aware of any such lockdown.
According to scanner audio archived at Broadcastify, New Bedford Police were called to the scene before 9 p.m. for reports of two persons who had been shot. Police could be heard saying they found shell casings and that they were securing a crime scene. Police on the scanner indicated that a shooting victim or victims were being transported to Saint Luke's Hospital in a privately-owned vehicle. Police were said to be following that vehicle and headed to the hospital themselves.
Police said on the scanner that they were interviewing witnesses. Police were heard saying they were on the lookout for a dark-colored SUV and one or two male suspects.
So far, there are no reports of any arrests, and the shooting victims have not been identified. This is a developing news story and we'll provide more details as they become available.
New Bedford police have had a busy summer investigating violent gun crimes. Last week, a New Bedford man was arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal shooting in the South End. Also last week, a New Bedford man was arrested and charged with murder in a fatal shooting in Dartmouth. Back in June, police tracked down suspects who were allegedly shooting from a moving SUV. Police have also reported taking numerous guns off the street in recent months.