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David Cuddy/The Standard-Times Gunfire early Saturday morning left broken glass at the South End police station in New Bedford.
By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writers
September 09, 2008 6:00 AM
NEW BEDFORD - Police are conducting a wide-ranging investigation into the firing of three or four gunshots early Saturday at Police District Station No. 2 in the city's South End at Cove and Margin streets.
No one was injured and no motive is known.
Mayor Scott W. Lang provided information about the shooting Monday afternoon, emphasizing that since details about who fired the shots and why are not clear, the incident could be anything from a random act to an attack on police.
Police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey P. Silva concurred.
"It's fair to say the station was shot, but we don't know if it was necessarily the intended target. To speculate on that at this point is premature."
A bullet pierced the station's front door but caused no significant damage.
"The police station was struck at least once, but whether that's by design or not remains to be seen," Lt. Silva said.
A police source said the shooting occurred at about 12:45 a.m., shortly after the overnight shift change. According to police logs, there was a report of shots fired at the South End station early Saturday morning.
Mayor Lang said the shooting took place between midnight and 1 a.m.
Several 9-mm shell casings were found nearby on Cove Street. Police canvassed the area and have been continuing the investigation.
Mayor Lang said police and other authorities are taking the matter seriously because it is unusual for a police station to be fired upon in a community the size of New Bedford.
He said local and other police he declined to specify are handling the case.
Lt. Silva said the shooting would be investigated thoroughly.
"Any time a gun goes off in the city, we take that seriously. This case will be no exception."