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Published on March 04, 2024
Brockton Juvenile Arrested in Connection with New Bedford Shootout, No Injuries ReportedSource: New Bedford Police Department

New Bedford police have nabbed a juvenile from Brockton for his alleged role in a February shootout, officials said today. The arrest is linked to a confrontation that took place on February 15, outside a convenience store on Brock Avenue, where gunfire erupted but luckily left no one injured.

After detaining 18-year-old Danielson Varela for the same incident, Det. Jessica Niccoli's probing has brought a 16-year-old into the fray, according to a New Bedford Police Department statement. The unnamed youth, already wanted in Plymouth County for an unrelated gun case, is now slapped with charges including discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, assault and battery by firearm, and destruction of property.

This recent apprehension signals an unsettling pattern of youthful recklessness, which has increasingly bubbled to the surface of this city's consciousness, igniting concerns among residents. As the investigation continues, local authorities are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

The New Bedford Police Department has made it clear that any tip can help and community members can offer information anonymously. The department's website and tip line are open for anyone who wishes to provide information that could assist law enforcement. You can report anonymously by calling 508-99-CRIME or by visiting their website.