Two people were arrested this week on firearms charges in connection with a February shooting in Somerville, officials said Wednesday.
Somerville police received information about the shooting at the Mystic Activity Center at around 2:45 a.m. on February 20, according to a statement from the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. Officers located the victims, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s, who told police they were sitting in a parked car when they saw several men walking towards them.
The individuals then allegedly opened fire at point-blank range, hitting the vehicle several times but not injuring any of the occupants. The prosecutor’s office said the shooters then fled.
“We have seen a dangerous increase in gun violence among young people,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement. “In this case, the victims, who had no known connection to the defendants, were not beaten, but could very well have been injured or killed. This type of intentional discharge of weapons without any regard for public safety endangers neighbors, people’s homes and the whole community.
Amanual Beshah, a 19-year-old from Malden, and a young man were arraigned on Tuesday on two counts of assault with a weapon for murder, attempted assault and assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, according to the prosecutor’s office. The minor was also charged with carrying a firearm and carrying a loaded weapon.
Both defendants were detained pending 58a dangerousness hearings scheduled for Friday.
The prosecutor’s office said surveillance footage and forensic evidence helped investigators identify the suspects. Police also executed a search warrant on Tuesday at a Belmont residence in connection with the February shooting and found a 9mm handgun.
“Investigators believe other people were involved in this shooting,” the prosecutor’s office said.
The investigation remains active and ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Somerville Police at 617-625-1600.
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