Police make arrest in daylight shooting
Police have nabbed one of the two men they say fired a barrage of bullets on Shawmut Avenue just next to Ramsay Park where children were playing.
“We’re pleased today to make an arrest and hopefully send a clear message that this activity has no place in our city — and, more importantly, no place in this country, period,” said Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox at the department’s headquarters.
Machyus Battle, 18, was arrested yesterday in Cambridge and charged with eight firearms charges connected to the broaddaylight shooting last week where video from the scene became viral. Those charges include carrying a firearm without a license and carrying a loaded firearm — both second offenses for Battle.
The other shooter, who is the first one seen in the video, Cox said, remains at large.
“Multiple rounds of gunfire were reported near the south-end park where that day families were enjoying a spring, summery day. Boston Police, the officers that are behind me, were able to identify the suspect and ultimately get a warrant for his arrest,” Cox said. “Several cars were damaged in the area that evening but more importantly, certainly it shook a lot of the neighbors and residents who live in that community by seeing the trauma involved in that.”
Both Cox and Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden, who also spoke briefly at the press conference, said that this arrest was directly attributable to community members reaching out with information.
Cox asks that anyone with any information that could lead to a second arrest contact detectives at 617-343-5619 or to anonymously give them information through the CrimeStoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS.