MILFORD — One man was killed and another seriously wounded yesterday morning after shots were fired in the back parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express at 50 Fortune Blvd.,according Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Thomas E. Coburn III, 51, of 23 Briar Cliff Dr., Hopkintonwas pronounced dead at Milford Hospital. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted the case and will determine the cause and manner of death.
Christian Nealon, 48, of 30 North Mill St., Hopkinton was taken to Milford Hospital, stabilized, and then transferred by helicopter to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester., where he is being treated for serious wounds. A woman at the scene escaped the shooting unharmed.
State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office were notified of the shooting at about 10:30 a.m. yesterday. The preliminary investigation showed that Mr. Coburn confronted Mr. Nealon and the woman in the parking lot of the motel. Both men were armed with handguns and shots were fired.
Eventually Mr. Nealon and the woman retreated to the motel lobby to report the shooting and to get Mr. Nealon medical help. Mr. Coburn was found in his car with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and Milford Police Detectives are continuing to investigate. State Police Crime Scene Services,State Police Firearms Identification, State Police Collision and Accident Reconstruction and forensic scientists attached to the State Police Crime Lab have been assisting in the investigation.