Alleged New Bedford Shooter Held Without Bail
An 18-year-old New Bedford man accused of shooting another man near Roberto Clemente Park in June was found dangerous by a Fall River Superior Court judge and ordered held without bail.
Jose Santos is charged with aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery by means of a firearm, and carrying an illegal firearm, according to the Office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.
At about 2:30 a.m. on June 17, New Bedford Police responded to a ShotSpotter notification at Rivet and South First streets in the south end of the city. When officers arrived, they saw blood on the street and a 9mm shell casing in the area. One of the officers was flagged down by people in a car. They told police they had seen the victim lying in the street, and had put him in the car to take him to the hospital, Quinn's office said in a media release.
Police learned that the victim and his girlfriend were walking past the park when two men got out of a nearby vehicle, confronted the victim, and began to chase him. Santos is alleged to have fired one shot at the victim, wounding him in the leg, Quinn's office said.
Through surveillance video, police identified a car believed to have been occupied by the suspects. Records connected the car to the defendant's father. Surveillance video showed Santos parking the car next to his residence after the shooting. Fingerprints from the car were identified as belonging to Santos, Quinn's office said.
Santos was initially held without bail in June by a New Bedford District Court judge. Following an indictment, Santos on Dec. 1 appeared in Fall River Superior Court for a dangerousness hearing. On Dec. 2, Judge Susan Sullivan found Santos to be a danger and ordered him held without bail for up to 180 pending trial or disposition of the case.
"I am pleased that the defendant was held without bail as a danger to the community," said Quinn in a statement. "This is another act of senseless violence that often results in serious injury or death."
The case is being prosecuted by ADA Stephen Nadeau.