FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Foxboro and Massachusetts State Police are investigating a murder-suicide at a home on East Street that left a father and his young son dead.
According to Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey, William Scaccia, Jr, 49, shot and killed his 6-year-old son Anthony before turning the gun on himself.
Foxboro police said they got a call from one of Scaccia’s neighbors just after 11:30 p.m. Thursday to report what appeared to be a medical emergency. First responders arrived to find the young boy suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was taken to Norwood Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
William Scaccia was was found dead at the scene from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to police.
Police believe only the boy, his father, and the boy’s grandmother were home at the time. Eyewitness News spoke with a neighbor who said he tried to help the grandmother, who awoke to the horrific scene.
“I woke up to the the grandmother pounding on the door, looking for help,” said neighbor Richard Shain. He said the grandmother told him she had put out a small fire in the second floor of the home, but was unable to move the boy downstairs.
“I took her phone from her and walked up the stairs and I almost dropped it,” he said. “Just that scene up there was absolutely terrible.”
Police don’t believe William Scaccia was currently living at the home, and are investigating how he gained access. Police said they have a history with him.
“The history recently led me to deny him a pistol permit in July of this year,” Foxboro Police Chief William Baker said.
“He appealed that denial to the District Court in Wrentham,” Baker continued. “On Sept. 8, the judge in the district court supported my denial, preventing him from being licensed for having a firearm.”
Police say Scaccia was arrested again just last week — those charges were pending in district court.
Eyewitness News also obtained a 2013 request for a restraining order filed by Anthony Scaccia’s mother. In an affidavit, the woman wrote she was fearful that Scaccia was “thinking of killing Anthony and himself.” The restraining order expired in late 2013 and police said no restraining orders were currently in place.
Police also said they recovered a note left by William Scaccia. It appears he spread gasoline around the home and attempted to light it on fire.
Shain said he’ll never forget what he saw, his own 4-year-old daughter a former playmate of Anthony’s.
“She doesn’t know what going on or that anything happened yet at this point,” he said. “But I am going to have to explain to her at some point that the little boy next door is no longer there.”