Salem State University Student Killed In Overnight Shooting

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SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A student at Salem State University has died following a shooting early Wednesday morning.

"As both the Salem State president and a college dad, this tragedy is heartbreaking for all in our community and every parent's worst nightmare," said Salem State University President, John Keenan.

Police responded to Forest Avenue just before 1:30 a.m. for reports of a shooting. When officials arrived, they discovered 18-year-old Carl Hens Beliard suffering from gunshot wounds inside a car. He was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.

“This senseless gun violence is tragic not only for the victim’s family but for the SSU community and beyond. State Police detectives assigned to my office are working closely with the Salem Police Department and Salem State University officials to identify and bring the person responsible to justice," said Essex County District Attorney Paul Tucker said.

"Our hearts are very much with the Beliard family and the Salem State University family," said Salem Police Chief Lucas Miller. "Violence such as this has no place in Salem, and we will pursue the perpetrators with all of our ability and determination."

Based on their preliminary investigation, officers said there does not appear to be any threat to the community and this may have been a targeted act of violence.

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