Man charged with attempted murder for Gardner liquor store shooting

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GARDNER — Police have released the name of a man charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting inside a liquor store on Saturday night.

James Wilson allegedly opened fire at around 7 p.m. at Gardner Spirits at 5 East Broadway.  Wilson’s age, address, and other identifying information have not yet been released by police.

According to a press release from police, police, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters used “life-saving measures” to save an adult male who was shot inside the store. The victim – whose name has not been released – was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester with serious injuries.

Shawn Foster, the store’s owner, was not present during the shooting. Cashier Jim Richard made the 911 call that resulted in the arrival of police and EMTs within minutes of the shooting.

The incident was caught on camera by the store’s video surveillance system. The footage is now with police who are using it as part of their investigation.

“If this guy is not put away for a while, then something is wrong with the justice system, because it’s all there on video,” Foster said.

Foster added that the incident was not a robbery.

A post on the liquor store’s Facebook page mentioned the incident involved two men.

Wilson faces charges of attempted murder, assault and battery, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and carrying a firearm without a license.

The shooting is under investigation by Gardner and Massachusetts State Police.

Gardner Spirits closed after the shooting Saturday night and reopened Sunday.

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