FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The mother of a boy who was shot and killed by his father in Foxborough on Thursday had previously sought a restraining order against the man, fearing he would kill the boy, according to court documents.
Police received a 911 call at 11:30 p.m. for a medical emergency at a home on East Street, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said.
Emergency responders found 6-year-old Anthony Scaccia with a single gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
William Scaccia Jr., 49, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The child was living in the home with his mother and grandmother, Foxborough Police Chief William Baker said. Authorities said Scaccia used to live in the home but was estranged from the boy’s mother.
“The shooter may have tried to set the house on fire. When the grandmother woke up, she noticed that burn spot,” Baker said.
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A note believed to have been written by Scaccia was recovered at the scene, Morrissey said.
“So there was evidence that, obviously, makes it easier for us to bring, at least, the conclusion that this was a murder-suicide,” Morrissey said.
Neighbor Richard Shain told NewsCenter 5 that the child’s grandmother woke him up in the middle of the night looking for help.
“She essentially said she put the kid to bed — she watches him. The father isn’t supposed to be there. She fell asleep, and when she woke up, the father was in the house reassuring her that his son was OK and not to go upstairs, and to go back to sleep,” Shain said.
Shain said when he entered the home, he saw the child’s body.
In 2013, the boy’s mother was granted a restraining order against Scaccia. In the complaint she wrote she feared he would “take my son and disappear.”
“William Scaccia said to me, ‘You don’t know the depths I will go to keep my son,’“ she wrote. “’You have not see (sic) how evil I can be.’”
She also wrote in the 2013 report that Scaccia “dissociated himself from Anthony.”
“I’m afraid he is thinking of killing Anthony and himself,” she wrote.
Scaccia’s family told WCVB that he had long suffered with PTSD from his 20 years in the military. They said it is a nightmare they could neither foresee or comprehend.
“We were concerned about Billy recently because we knew he was really sad and really depressed. We could not break through that. We could not break through. We could not make his see the good in anything that was around him. We did not foresee him taking his son with him,” said his sister, Krissy Scaccia.
Baker said Scaccia applied in July for a license to carry a gun, but it was denied based on a history of interactions with police, including allegations of domestic violence.
According to a Sept. 17 police report, a woman summoned Foxborough police to her home to remove a firearm that she said belonged to her ex-boyfriend, Scaccia, with whom she had just ended a relationship.
Foxborough police said they were also called to an altercation involving Scaccia and the woman’s family at a birthday party on Child’s Lane on Sept. 16. Scaccia is accused of brandishing a knife at the party yelling, “I’ll kill you all.”
Scaccia was later arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm.
Anthony was a kindergarten student at Burrell Elementary School in Foxborough.
“Our hearts go out to this sweet little boy who was just starting his educational journey and to those who loved and cared for him,” Foxborough School Superintendent Debbie Spinelli said.
Counselors are available at school for students and staff.