Taunton, not just the name of your favorite Star Wars creature, is a small New England town, one of America’s first, located 40 miles south of Boston. Known also as “The Silver City” and “Christmas City,” Taunton’s motto is Dux Femina Facti, “A woman led the deed.” Its industrial legacy in the region is one to be proud of. Simply put, Taunton is a happy place to be.
However, this quiet little town nearly experienced a tragedy this week when a 13-year-old nearly killed a 12-year-old with a rifle.
On October 9, at around 12:15 pm near 100 Highstone St., after an alleged Facebook dispute, the currently unnamed 13-year-old “felt threatened,” according to police, returned to his home on Rhode Island Road where he retrieved his mother’s .22 caliber rifle, which had been locked away.
He then found his target, the currently unnamed 12-year-old, in a wooded area. He approached his target, aimed, and shot the boy once in his arm. The bullet was lodged in his chest.
The suspect immediately ran home where he locked himself inside. The victim was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence where he is considered stable.
In an interview with CBS, the suspect’s mother stated, “He’s a good kid, they’ve been doing this for two years, he just had enough.
“My son had called me and told me they came in the yard and tried to stab him and he was scared so he went, like, as the kids were, like, leaving the yard, running away from the yard, he went to go shoot in the air and it shot him in the arm.”
The 13-year-old has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, carrying a loaded firearm without a license.