Suspect arrested after shots fired outside MassDOT facility in Middleborough

Police have apprehended a man wanted for opening fire Friday outside a Massachusetts Department of Transportation building in Middleborough after a search through the woods that lasted more than two hours.

The suspect is accused of firing four to five shots near 201 West Grove St., which is Route 28, at approximately 9:05 a.m., police said. A window was hit but no one was injured in the shooting, but police said it was witnessed by people at the fence company across the street.

After the shooting, police said the man fled into the woods. He was described as a light-skinned Black male or Asian male, approximately 5 feet and 10 inches tall, wearing a military-style bucket hat.

Route 28 was closed in both directions while police, state troopers and SWAT officers conducted a search.

A reverse-911 call was issued to warn people in the area. Police specifically warned anyone living along Evergreen Drive, which leads to the Woodlands Apartments, to shelter in place. All others were ordered to avoid the area.

Tropical Storm Elsa is continuing on a path that is expected to take it directly over southeastern Massachusetts Friday with several inches of rain, strong winds and other hazards.

Heavy rain and gusty winds will be felt across much of southern New England.

As of the 11 a.m. advisory, Tropical Storm Elsa has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, with the storm moving toward the northeast at 31 mph.

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A flash flood warning is in effect through Friday afternoon for Suffolk County, which includes Boston, as well as Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Worcester, Hampden and Hampshire counties. There is the potential for urban and poor drainage flash flooding, as well as the potential for flash flooding of small

“We will see more than 3 inches of rain and locally up to 5. The flood threat is a high concern today and it could lead to power outages, and I can’t rule out a tornado whenever you get these tropical storms coming in,” StormTeam 5’s Cindy Fitzgibbon’s said.

The National Weather Service issued tropical storm warnings for much of the Massachusetts coast as the system makes its way toward the region.

A tropical storm warning is in effect through Friday afternoon and covers eastern parts of Massachusetts, including Boston, Cape Cod, the North Shore, South Coast and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

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