Suspect in Worcester State University shooting apprehended

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WORCESTER — The manhunt for a Lawrence man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting at Worcester State University on Oct. 28 has ended.

According to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early, Kevin Rodriguez,18, was captured on a warrant in New York Thursday morning. He was wanted on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and armed assault with intent to murder.

Rodriguez, who last lived in Lawrence, is the second suspect police have apprehended following the Oct. 28 shooting, which left one dead and another wounded. On the day of the shooting, an individual at the scene was arrested on charges of trespassing and possession of a firearm.  His name has not yet been released. Rodriguez alluded capture for five days.

Kevin Rodriguez Worcester State University shooting suspect
Surveillance photo of Kevin Rodriguez, a suspect in the fatal Worcester State University shooting that took place Saturday, Oct. 28 (Worcester County DA’s office)

Following a report of a fight in a campus parking lot at around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, Worcester State University Police responded to the scene, where they found two individuals with gunshot wounds.

Both victims were taken to UMass Medical Center, where a 19-year-old man was pronounced dead and a 21-year-old man underwent emergency surgery. The 21-year-old man now appears to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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Officials say no one involved in the altercation were students of the university and the incident was not random in nature.

Worcester police, Worcester State University Police, Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, the U.S. Marshals Service, and Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office all worked in collaboration to locate and apprehend Rodriguez.

The investigation into the shootings at Worcester State University is ongoing.

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