Heavy police presence on Granite Street in Worcester; Broad Meadow Creek area
WORCESTER – Reports of gunfire on Aetna Street led to a police chase that ended in a rural section of Granite Street, where suspects abandoned their vehicles and rushed into the woods.
Several city and state police vehicles converged on the area, near the Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Three men were quickly found nearby.
Worcester Police gave the following account of the case, which unfolded around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday:
A state soldier was in the area when the ShotSpotter alert system recognized gunshots on Aetna Street. The soldier followed the suspect vehicle, along with other officers summoned to the area.
An officer working on a road observed the suspect vehicle passing through a construction area in the area of Granite and Bridgeport streets. At first, the driver ignored the officer’s stop signals and then complied. However, within seconds, the operator accelerated and fled.
Shortly afterwards, a Worcester Police sergeant located the suspicious unoccupied vehicle in the woods near an auto repair business on Granite Street. Officers observed what appeared to be a firearm in the vehicle. An officer at the scene found a second firearm nearby, which was reportedly thrown from the vehicle.
The officers established a perimeter surrounding the wooded area. Officers searched the woods and located one suspect in the Park Hill Road area and the other two at the end of Nyland Street.
An investigation revealed two vehicles that had been hit by bullets in Aetna Street. No injuries were reported.
Police are investigating the causes of the gunfire.
The three suspects, each charged with multiple gun-related offenses, are: Aslem Kollie, 20, of 110 St. Louis St.; Aaron Guzeh, 22, from 264, chemin Massasoit; and Shalon Kollie, 18, of 110 St. Louis St.
All three will be brought to justice in the Central District Court.
“I heard three shots, like bam, bam, bam, and I looked out the window,” said a resident of the neighborhood where the shots were fired. “I saw a car come out but I don’t know if it was the shooter.”