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Police Searching for Man Who Gunned Down FIrefighter

Boston Herald via YellowBrix

December 14, 2009

MILTON, MA – A Milton firefighter returning home from his mother’s birthday party was allegedly gunned down early yesterday morning by a motorist fueled by road rage.

Joseph Fasano, 30 of Quincy, was shot once in the stomach at about 1 a.m. after getting out of his car to confront the driver in front of him, Quincy police said. The unidentified shooter had been repeatedly gunning his car, then stopping suddenly in front of Fasano.

The gunman, who police could only identify as a white man wearing a hat, remained at large last night.

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“He was at my birthday party . . . at my daughter’s home,” Virginia Fasano of Quincy, the wounded jake’s distraught mother, said of her son. “I was told he didn’t know who shot him.”

A Marine veteran, Fasano joined the Milton Fire Department about five years ago, said Chief Jack Grant. He was following in the footsteps of his father, John, a retired lieutenant, Grant said.

“He’s a very, very, very good firefighter, and he’s very well liked,” Grant said. “Everybody’s pulling for him.”

Fasano is in critical condition at Boston Medical Center, according to police, where he underwent surgery yesterday and is to be operated on again today.

The shooting occurred at about 12:50 a.m. at Commander Shea Boulevard, a narrow road off Hancock Street, according to Quincy police Lt. Jeffrey Burrell.

Burrell called it a case of road rage.

“This is how people drive now,” Burrell said.

A passenger, Fasano’s girlfriend, told police they were following a silver sports car that may have been a Porsche on Hancock Street when the driver started giving them a “brake job” – repeatedly braking and then accelerating, Burrell said.

The two cars pulled off onto Commander Shea and both drivers got out, though it’s unclear who moved first, Burrell said. The driver of the first car pulled a .45 caliber handgun and shot Fasano in the stomach before driving off, Burrell said.

“It sounded like this whole thing happened in a minute,” Burrell said.

Police don’t have a suspect, Burrell said. Fasano’s girlfriend is “hysterical” and has been unable to give police a full account of the moments leading to the shooting or a complete description of the gunman.

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