Father and Son Held Without Bail in Fall River Double Shooting
A Fall River father and son were ordered held without bail by a judge on Wednesday following Tuesday night's double shooting near Kennedy Park in the city.
Joshua Burgos, 21, and his father, Elvis Burgos, 40, of 372 Mulberry St, each denied three counts of assault with intent to murder and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. Pleas of not guilty were entered on their behalf at the Fall River Justice Center, and a dangerousness hearing was set for July 14.
Police said on Tuesday night they found two badly injured women inside a car after receiving a call that a woman had been shot in the head near Kennedy Park. They said one woman had been shot to the head, and the other to the legs. Police reported finding 14 shell casings in the area. Both victims were rushed to area hospitals and reported in stable condition on Wednesday.
According to the Fall River Herald News, Bristol County ADA Danielle Pixley told Judge Kevin Finnerty that a 12-year-old boy in the back seat of the vehicle was not hurt in the hail of bullets. Pixley said the shooting victims were a 33-year-old woman and her mother, who had a bullet enter near her left ear and exit from her left eye.
Pixley said the mother around 8 p.m. Tuesday called police saying her daughter was being threatened by a man named "Josh." Police said the threatened woman intended to come to the police station but never arrived. Instead, they received a call reporting the shooting.
Police reportedly went to the Burgos' home and found the two men and three women at the triple-decker. Police used surveillance video in the investigation.
Pixley described the shooting as an "ambush," the Herald News reports. A witness said he saw the victims' vehicle crash on Bradford Street with the suspects' vehicle close behind, and said it looked like they were trying to run the two women off the road.
The Burgos father and son have had at least one other brush with the law while acting as a team. In 2013, Burgos conspired with his girlfriend, who worked at a local McDonald's, to stage an armed robbery. The girlfriend opened a side door of the fast-food restaurant and let the younger Burgos, the 14, inside. Witnesses reportedly said the boy pistol-whipped the shift manager and ordered him to open the safe. The elder Burgos pleaded guilty in 2017.