NEWS

Man found shot in Natick

Norman Miller

A Springfield man was shot in the leg this morning, but police said he is not cooperating with investigators and think he is lying about the location he said he was shot.

The 19-year-old man, who police did not identify, suffered a gun shot wound to his right calf that went through the calf, police spokesman Lt. Brian Grassey said.

Emergency room personnel from the MetroWest Medical Center's Leonard Morse campus called the police to report the victim at 5:04 a.m.  today. When detectives got there, the man, along with several friends, were about to leave the hospital.

Grassey said the man at first could not even say which direction he was walking, or where.

However, later he said he was walking from Framingham to the Wendy's on Rte. 135 in Natick when a dark Honda Civic or Accord pulled beside him and someone fired several shots at him and drove off. Only one hit him.

"At the present time, we're not confident in the story the victim relayed to us," said Grassey. "There is no evidence in the area. There are no shell casings, no blood. He was shot through the muscle. There should be blood at the scene.''

No on in the area heard anything, and there were no reports of anyone hearing gunshots in either Natick or Framingham, Grassey said.

"To this point, there isn't anything to follow up without the victim or any potential witnesses coming forward," the lieutenant said. "The investigation is at a standstill."