NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A New Bedford teenager is expected to recover after being shot in broad daylight Tuesday morning.
New Bedford Police Lieutenant Amos Melo told Eyewitness News the shooting took place just before 11 a.m. at the corner of Kempton and Cook Streets.
Police said a 17-year-old was shot once in his right foot and taken to the hospital. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, police said.
Officers arrested Tevin Cardoza-Diaz, 21, of New Bedford, in connection with the shooting. Melo said investigators took Cardoza-Diaz into custody a short distance away from the site of the shooting.
Investigators also recovered a loaded 9mm Glock handgun, along with several rounds of ammunition.
Cardoza-Diaz now faces charges of carrying a loaded firearm; carrying a loaded large-capacity firearm on a way; unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device; discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building; assault and battery by discharging a firearm, and unlawful carrying of a firearm without a license, Cardoza-Diaz’s second offense. Police said he was previously convicted of unlawfully carrying a firearm in 2012.
Additionally, police found cocaine on Cardoza-Diaz and charged him with possession with intent to distribute the substance.
Melo said it’s too early in the investigation to say precisely what led to the shooting, but police believe Cardoza-Diaz and the teen knew each other.
Police tell Eyewitness News Cardoza-Diaz was ordered held without bail Tuesday, pending a dangerousness hearing.