NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after an 18-year-old man was shot Monday afternoon in New Bedford and later died from his injuries.
According to police, victim was shot around 2:30 p.m. at the Ben Rose Gardens housing complex and was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Officers were seen marking shell casings on South 1st Street, between Blackmer and Delano Streets.
Shortly before 10 p.m. Monday night, a spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn confirmed the victim was still alive, but in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital. By 10:50 p.m., the victim had succumbed to his injuries.
The victim was identified as Brad Lourenco of New Bedford.
Police detained three persons of interest for questioning, and the district attorney confirmed two have since been charged in connection with the homicide. Ivan Fontanez, Jr., 20, and Keeland Rose, 23, have both been charged with assault and battery by discharge of a firearm, carrying an illegal firearm, carrying a loaded illegal firearm, and illegal discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building.
Fontanez and Rose are scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday morning.
A woman who lives nearby told Eyewitness News she heard what she believed to be six gunshots and saw people running off towards the highway.
Police cleared the scene by about 6:15 p.m. Monday, but later returned with K-9 units and found a gun hidden in the wall of a pedestrian walkway. It’s not yet clear if this was the gun used in Monday’s shooting.
The homicide remains under investigation.