Suspects in Boston Caribbean pageant taking pictures seem in court docket


“This taking pictures is scary not just for the thoughtlessness of these concerned and the accidents they inflicted, however for the potential fatalities that, mercifully, didn’t happen,” Suffolk DA Kevin Hayden mentioned.

Gerald Vick, proper, is escorted out of the courtroom within the Dorchester Division of Boston Municipal Courtroom after he was arraigned in reference to the J’ouvert celebration shootings on Monday. David L Ryan/Boston Globe Employees

A number of individuals have been arraigned this week in reference to the gun violence and unlawful firearms that disrupted Boston’s Caribbean pageant in Dorchester Saturday.

Gunfire broke out simply earlier than 7:45 a.m., Boston police mentioned. Eight individuals have been wounded, although police mentioned not one of the accidents have been life-threatening.

The Suffolk County District Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned Tuesday that video from close by buildings confirmed a person carrying light-colored denim pants and a black hooded sweatshirt approaching a steel parade barrier, participating a separate group of males, and taking pictures rounds towards the group.

The opposite group allegedly returned fireplace and struck the person, later decided to be 21-year-old Dorchester resident Sebastian Monteiro Fernandez, based on the DA’s workplace. Authorities mentioned Monteiro Fernandez suffered a leg wound and might be seen limping right into a tow lot and passing a firearm to an unidentified lady.

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Shortly after the taking pictures, Boston police arrested 30-year-old Dorchester residents Gerald Vick and Dwayne Francis and charged them with illegal firearm possession. A 17-year-old Dorchester boy was additionally charged with unlawful firearm possession after officers allegedly discovered a pistol outfitted with a “Glock swap” that enabled the gun to fireplace a number of rounds with a single pull of a set off.

Monteiro Fernandez, up to now the one suspect charged with firing a weapon throughout the incident, was arraigned from his hospital mattress Tuesday and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm (second offense), unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a weapon inside 500 toes of a dwelling, and 7 counts of armed assault with intent to homicide, the DA’s workplace mentioned.

He was held with out bail pending a dangerousness listening to.

“It’s inconceivable to overstate the sheer recklessness of firing bullets on a metropolis road at any time, a lot much less when persons are gathered to have a good time and luxuriate in a well-liked cultural occasion,” Suffolk District Lawyer Kevin Hayden mentioned in a press release. “This taking pictures is scary not just for the thoughtlessness of these concerned and the accidents they inflicted, however for the potential fatalities that, mercifully, didn’t happen.”

In a separate assertion, Gov. Maura Healey addressed Saturday’s taking pictures in Dorchester, in addition to one at one other Caribbean pageant in Worcester the next day. 

“I’m heartbroken over the gun violence that occurred this weekend in Boston and Worcester amid proud celebrations of tradition, group and pleasure,” Healey mentioned. “My ideas are with the victims, their households and the whole communities which have been impacted by these mindless shootings.”

What occurred in court docket on Monday?

Vick and Francis each pleaded not responsible to firearm expenses on Monday, based on The Boston Globe

The Globe reported that Vick had been free on bail in one other unlawful gun case on the time. He was ordered held with out bail on the brand new expenses.

Francis’s lawyer mentioned his shopper discovered a gun after Saturday’s taking pictures, and that police physique digital camera footage would present him bringing the weapon over to officers, based on the Boston Herald

The person’s mom, Blu Williams, echoed his legal professional’s description of occasions. 

“My son was there to benefit from the parade,” Williams mentioned, based on the Herald. “My son thought he was doing the best factor by strolling to the police and telling them concerning the firearm. And that was it. However as an alternative they threw him in handcuffs.”

Dwayne Francis, proper, throughout his arraignment at Dorchester Division of Boston Municipal Courtroom. He was arraigned Monday in reference to the J’ouvert celebration shootings on Saturday. – David L Ryan/Boston Globe Employees

Nevertheless, the Globe reported {that a} prosecutor described Francis as an instigator throughout the taking pictures. Francis was ordered held on $10,000 bail and ordered to put on a GPS tracker and stay beneath home arrest if launched, based on the Globe. 

The unidentified 17-year-old was anticipated in Juvenile Courtroom Monday, the newspaper reported.

Two others who have been arrested for allegedly carrying unlawful weapons on Saturday have been additionally due in court docket: Nakhi Cox-O’Bryant, 18, and Maceo Withers Brewer, 21. Each are represented by protection legal professional Matthew Sandofsky, who confirmed Cox-O’Bryant and Withers Brewer pleaded not responsible however declined to touch upon the costs. 

Cox-O’Bryant was held with out bail pending a dangerousness listening to, whereas Withers Brewers was ordered held on $1,500 bail, court docket information present.

Choose offers impassioned speech

As Withers Brewer appeared for his arraignment, Choose Jonathan R. Tynes’s frustration was palpable.

“We’re speaking about somebody who’s 21 years previous. His mom’s sitting proper there, barely holding it collectively. She did her job; he’s 21 years previous. Not one time arrested. And now it’s a splash, with a gun that may fireplace 22 rounds … with the flip of a swap, at a pageant the place persons are supposed to have the ability to go, have enjoyable, calm down,” Tynes mentioned in footage shared by Boston 25 Information, his voice raised. “It’s not that anymore; everyone knows that. However that’s what it’s purported to be — to have a good time wealthy cultures, wealthy historical past, wealthy traditions. This ain’t it.”

Within the video, a lady might be seen sitting within the courtroom, wiping tears from her eyes.

“She’s in all probability thanking God that the cellphone name she didn’t get from the police was to return down and determine you,” Tynes informed Withers Brewer.