Massachusetts shootings put Mechanicville police on alert

Mechanicville police were watching the home of a city man today after his former wife was shot by a
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Mechanicville police were watching the home of a city man today after his former wife was shot by a former boyfriend at an auto parts store near Worcester, Mass.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported that a saleswoman and a manager at Action Crash Parts in Webster, Mass., about 20 miles south of Worcester, were shot this morning inside the store, allegedly by the saleswoman’s former boyfriend, William J. Goddard, 38, of Worcester. The newspaper said the conditions of the victims were not available this afternoon.

Mechanicville police Chief Joseph Waldron this afternoon said he was alerted that the suspected shooter may be driving to his city.

“We have reason to believe a suspect from a neighboring state may have come to Mechanicville to harm someone,” Waldron said. “We’ve spoken with the possible target.”

A state police radio broadcast said the suspected shooter may be searching for the saleswoman’s former husband, whom the suspected shooter had previously threatened. Waldron would not confirm that account, however, but did say police were keeping an eye on a home in the city.

The Worcester newspaper reported that police cornered Goddard about 3 p.m. in a wooded area near South Berlin, about 15 miles northeast of Worcester, and took him into custody about 4:30 p.m.

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