Two men shot in New Bedford; two suspects in custody

Roberto Arias Guerrero and Donald Venearble (Mugshots: New Bedford Police)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Two suspects were arrested in New Bedford Wednesday after two men were shot in broad daylight.

According to city police, the men were sitting in a car on Chancery Street in the area of Court Street when the suspects walked up to them and opened fire. The victims then drove themselves to St. Luke’s Hospital.

The driver, a 28-year-old man from New Bedford, suffered several gunshot wounds to the arm. Police said he was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

His passenger, a 22-year-old New Bedford man, was struck by a bullet in the right thigh, also considered non-life-threatening. He remained at St. Luke’s for treatment.

“I heard four shots, came outside, saw a lady yelling across the street,” recalled eyewitness Brittany Bowers. “Then the cruisers came. I saw them laying cones on the street where all the bullets are.”

Police responded to the scene and upon arrival spotted two suspects fleeing the scene on foot. The suspects, identified as Roberto Arias Guerrero and Donald Venearble, were soon tracked down and taken into custody by the responding officers.

Guerrero, 26, of Pleasant Street, and Venearble, 26, of Park Street, were arrested on firearms and assault with intent to murder charges. Both men are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

Police said Guerrero was in possession of a loaded .357 Ruger revolver, for which he doesn’t have a license to carry.

Shell casings found at the scene indicated there was a second firearm involved, according to police. Investigators later seized a Glock 9mm from a nearby home, which is what police believe was used in the shooting.

“This neighborhood is not a good neighborhood,” added Bowers. “I’m getting out of here.”

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. William Sauve at (508) 991-6300 ext. 79514 or leave an anonymous tip at (508) 961-4584.

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