Residents react to deadly shooting in Chicopee

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Police say the 15-year-old boy who was shot by a Chicopee homeowner Saturday has died, and the homeowner is now being charged with first degree murder.

Police say a 15-year-old boy that was shot by a homeowner in Chicopee’s Fairview neighborhood has died.  The homeowner, 42-year-old Jeffrey Lovell is now being charged with first degree murder.

22News Reporter David McKay spoke with neighbors about the tragedy that transpired.  Betty Riel of Chicopee said, “All the cruisers the police the fire man everybody, so we knew something tragic happened but we did not know until later on that something so devastating happened.”

Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News that officers had received a call just before 1PM Saturday afternoon for a possible breaking and entering at 120 Boucher Circle. Chicopee and State Police found out that three people including the victim had gone to the home at Boucher Circle believing it to be a friends.

When the 15-year-old was banging on the outside door, Lovell shot through the door hitting the boy, police said. When police first got here they found the boy had been shot in the stomach. The homeowner was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  Neighbors said it’s unfortunate and tragic for both the family that lives here and the 15-year-old boy.

The teen was found outside the home, and was taken to Baystate Medical Center and was listed in critical condition, but he died later Saturday evening. Lovell’s charges were changed to 1st degree murder.

Betty Riel said, “I think it’s very unfortunate at this time and tragic for both families to be going through this.”

Lovell is being held without bail at Chicopee police lockup and will be arraigned Monday.

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