Alleged Gunman Arrested in Connection With New Bedford Homicide
NEW BEDFORD — The alleged shooter has been arrested in connection with the May 14 homicide that occurred at a convenience store in New Bedford’s South End.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Malique Smith, 20, of New Bedford was arrested today in connection with the May 14 homicide of Joseph Pauline outside the Richdale Food Shops location on Brock Avenue.
Smith was apprehended in Fall River this morning by members of the District Attorney’s Massachusetts State Police Unit, New Bedford Police, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and U.S. Marshals.
The D.A.’s Office said he is being charged with murder, carrying an illegal firearm, and carrying a loaded illegal firearm. He is expected to be arraigned in New Bedford District Court this afternoon.
The 32-year-old Pauline was shot and killed on the evening of Friday, May 14. Police responded to 911 calls at about 6:45 p.m. reporting shots fired outside the store, and first responders arrived to find Pauline suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:44 p.m.
Two New Bedford men were previously apprehended in connection with the homicide. Christopher Boyer, 19, and Anthony Rosario, 20, were located in Brockton the weekend following the shooting and transported back to New Bedford for questioning.
Boyer was charged with accessory to murder after the fact and was held on $1,000 cash bail. Rosario was charged with assault and battery to collect a loan in connection to the ongoing homicide investigation.