WORCESTER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Mass. State Police say their bomb squad rendered a pipe bomb safe in a Worcester neighborhood Friday at the same address where a shooting occurred earlier in the day.
At about 10 a.m., police responded to 43 Barclay St. for the report of a suspicious device that was found on top of a spare tire attached to an SUV parked in the driveway. The device appeared to be a small pipe bomb, officials say. Residents in the area of Barclay Street were evacuated late Friday morning after the device was found. The bomb's fuse had been lit, but burnt out.
The family who lives in the home is shocked that this happened.
"I was terrified. Shocked and terrified," resident Steven Bowhile said.
He went on to say that perhaps the suspects were looking for someone else, and that he doesn't have a problem with anyone. He lives in the home with his wife, two daughters and son.
The bomb squad cleared the area by 12:40 p.m. They deactivated the device with a water cannon. A follow-up investigation will be conducted by the Worcester Police Department and the device was sent to the Mass. State Police crime lab for analysis.
"This is an active investigation and we will deploy additional resources to determine the individual(s) responsible for this serious crime,” said Chief Gary J. Gemme said in a recent release. "Our investigators worked collaboratively with the Massachusetts State Police to disable the pipe bomb and ensured the safety of the residents in the surrounding the area. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners as the investigation progresses. "
The address was also the scene of an early morning shooting, officials say. At about 2:40 a.m., police responded to the same address on Barclay Street and discovered several bullet holes in the front of the house. No injuries were reported as a result of the shooting. However, the shots pierced the windows of the home and the television set in the living room.
The investigation into both incidents remains ongoing and investigators believe that the two are linked.
"This incident, like the shootings that occurred earlier this week on West Boylston Drive, is more about specific individuals rather than the deterioration of good neighborhoods. Our neighborhoods are strong and contain numerous active crime watch groups that work closely with our department. We consider these incidents to be isolated given the overall stability of the neighborhoods in which these crimes occurred. Our neighborhoods continue to thrive and we will work to reverse this recent uptick in violence. We have a number of overlapping strategies to ensure that these neighborhoods and communities are safe," Gemme said in the release.