Police were called to 13 Gold Street in the Acre tonight at 9:17 p.m., for a report of a person shot. They arrived to find a 29-year-old resident of the home on the sidewalk out front, suffering from a gunshot wound to her lower back.
The wound was described to me as being very serious, but apparently not life-threatening. She was flown by MedFlight to an undisclosed trauma center.
Shortly after the woman was taken from the scene, detectives began speaking to a shirtless, blood-covered man on the street in front of the home. That man loudly swore at detectives and appeared to be uncooperative.
A short time later he was handcuffed without incident. He shouted to point out he was covered in blood as he was led to a prisoner transport wagon, and claimed he tried to help the woman.
The man arrested at the scene was later identified as Sann Than, 29, of 13 Gold St. He is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (firearm) causing serious bodily injury, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number during the commission of a felony.
Police said this morning they found a 9mm handgun with an obliterated serial number near the foundation of the house. Police say they are still investigating his motive, which is unclear.
Three neighbors all agreed they heard only one gunshot, which they all believed was just a firecracker at first.
“I thought it was a firecracker, but then I heard a girl screaming,” said one neighbor who declined to provide her name.
Two neighbors said the residents at 13 Gold had just moved in about two weeks ago. They said those residents appeared to party most nights, but that they had otherwise caused no problems.
I updated this entry with some addition information, and deleted the name of the hospital, which it appears I reported incorrectly last night. I heard someone at the scene say she was going to Lahey, but I should have held off on that or confirmed it.
Based on previous experience, I know that where a victim is going can often change, and that there can be concerns about releasing that information if the victim is in fear of someone. I apologize for the error. Also, no, if you’re curious, no one has complained to me about it. I’m just taking the initiative on this one because I was incorrect.