FALL RIVER — On Tuesday afternoon at approximately 3:26 p.m., Fall River Police responded to 42 Tecumseh Street for a report of shots fired. The caller stated that a male had been shot in the face with a flare gun.

Officers responded and identified the victim as Joshua Oliver, age 23. He had suffered a single wound to the forehead and was conscious. Mr. Oliver was immediately transported to Rhode Island Hospital for further treatment. He remains there in stable but serious condition.

Officers of the Uniform Division lead the investigation assisted by Detectives from the Major Crimes Division. After speaking with witnesses, it was determined there was an argument between Mr. Oliver and a male identified as Rajheem Chardonette, age 24, possibly regarding their gang affiliations. During the argument, Chardonette pointed a flare gun at Mr. Oliver and discharged a single flare round striking him in the forehead.

Chardonette was later located and taken into custody. The investigation continues to determine a better understanding the events that unfolded this evening. Chardonette was initially booked on the charge of "Armed Assault with Intent to Murder" He will be arraigned on Wednesday

Fall River Police Department

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