NATICK – Natick Police and Massachusetts State Police responded to a shooting at a Route 9 hotel in Natick just before 3 a.m.
Hotel guests at the Crowne Plaza on Route 9 were evacuated, as a precaution. They returned to their rooms a few hours later.
“Although preliminary information provided to state and local police indicated that there was a victim who had suffered a minor injury at the Natick incident, subsequent search and investigation did not confirm that,” said Massachusetts State Police around 5:45 a.m.
“We are satisfied that there were NO gunshot victims at the hotel from this incident,”said Mass State Police around 5:45 a.m.
“The investigation is ongoing to determine whether someone was shot and is no longer at the scene,” saidMasachusetts State Police.
No alleged shooter has been located as of 5:40 a.m., said Mass State Police.
Natick Police Chief James Hicks said a hotel guest told police that the suspects followed him into the hotel, fired a single shot into the lobby, then ran out of the hotel and fled in a vehicle. The victim was not injured.
At 4 a.m., Mass State Police said “Preliminary information suggests that at least one shot was fired by a suspect at the hotel. The suspect is thought to be inside the hotel. One person has been located with what is reported to be a minor injury.”
A perimeter was established and a search for a suspect is ongoing, said Massachusetts State Police.
The hotel was evacuated of guests and employees, according to State Police.
Natick Police have primary jurisdiction, said Mass State Police.
State Police units on scene to assist include patrols from the Barracks in Framingham, Weston, Brighton, Milton and the Tunnels, Troop H field supervisors, K-9 units, and Special Tactical Operations Team assets, with the MSP Air Wing providing overwatch.
Framingham Police units are also on scene.