FALL RIVER — Fall River Police made two arrests and seized a pair of guns in connection with two shootings that occurred in the city last November.

The shootings took place on Sunday, November 8, 2020. According to police, the first occurred at 9:04 p.m. in the area of County Street and Lafayette Street, in which officers found spent 9mm casings and discovered damage to a residence and a parked vehicle from gunfire.

The second incident happened at 9:11 p.m. at the intersection of Pine Street and Tremont Street. Police say officers again found 9mm casings and a firearm magazine. They say three residences were damaged by gunfire.

No injuries were reported in either shooting incident. Police say both incidents were believed to be gang-related.

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This past week, Major Crimes detectives arrested two Fall River men they allege are responsible for the shootings.

Courtesy Fall River Police

Malik Staten, 23, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a large capacity firearm; two counts of carrying a loaded firearm in public; two counts of wanton destruction of property over $1,200; and two counts of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

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Carlton Albert, 31, was arrested and charged with four counts of possession of a large capacity firearm; two counts of carrying a loaded firearm in public; two counts of wanton destruction of property over $1,200; two counts of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling; two counts of possession of ammunition without an FID card; two counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device; firearm violation with two prior violent/drug crimes; and threatening to commit a crime.

On April 12, Major Crimes detectives, the Emergency Services Unit, and the Gang Unit executed a search warrant at Albert’s North Rocliffe Street apartment. A search of the apartment turned up a 9mm Smith & Wesson firearm, along with a magazine containing 16 rounds, and a Polymer 80 9mm firearm, along with a magazine containing 13 rounds.

Courtesy Fall River Police
Courtesy Fall River Police

“I want to recognize the outstanding police work done by all the officers that were involved in these investigations,” Police Chief Jeffrey Cardoza said. “I commend the collaborative effort by detectives from the Major Crimes Division and Crime Scene Unit, officers from the Uniform Division, and the Gang Unit. Six months or six days, these cases will continue to remain our top priority.”

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