Man charged with murder in shooting death of 15-year-old boy

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is facing charges after police say he fatally shot a 15-year-old boy who mistakenly knocked on his door believing it was a friend’s home.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni on Sunday said 42-year-old Jeffrey Lovell was charged with murder.

Police were called to a Chicopee home just before 1 p.m. Saturday, where responding officers discovered the victim with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

Detectives determined the victim and a friend were drinking alcohol nearby and became disoriented. They knocked on Lovell’s door believing it was a friend’s home. Police say Lovell retrieved his firearm and fired a single shot when a pane of glass broke.

Lovell is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

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