An 18-year-old man died after an altercation during a party at a condominium complex in Worcester early this morning, according to a statement from Worcester police.
Officers responded about 4:45 a.m. to reports of an injured person at the Crestwood Arms complex at 121 Bailey Road, where they found the teen unresponsive and not breathing.
Emergency CPR was performed at the scene until the arrival of Worcester emergency responders. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 5:41 a.m, police said.
The cause of death was unknown, according to police, who said the medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy.
The victim was attending a party with several people inside one of the apartments, according to authorities’ preliminary investigation, when a fight broke out between him and someone else. The fight was continued outside.
“During the altercation, the victim was struck with an object and the fight ended,” police said in the statement. “The victim ran off. He was found later on by friends on the property of the complex.”
Andrew McCrea, a resident at the condominium complex said he heard a commotion about 2:30 a.m. that sounded like a party had spilled over outside the building. He said he heard swearing back and forth, and then someone say, “Let’s take him to the hospital.”
McCrea described the complex as normally a “quiet, safe place.”
“It’s big news around here,” said McCrea, who has lived in at the condominium for about eight years and has rarely seen a police car there. “We never have any trouble.”
He said some of the units in the complex, which is near Worcester State University, are rented to students, but it is mostly married couples and “older people.”
A university spokesman said that, based on preliminary information, officials did not believe the victim was a student there.
Donald Gagnon, who has lived at the complex for 26 years, also said the incident was unusual.
“This is somewhat shocking, it’s a pretty peaceful area,” he said.
Members of the Worcester Police Detective Bureau and the Crime Scene Unit were investigating.
Anyone with information about this incident can send an anonymous text to 274637 or send an anonymous web-based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at 508-799-8651.Anne Steele can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @AnneMarieSteele.