Two city residents have been arrested in two separate shootings.
According to Captain Jay Huard, on Sunday November 8, 2020, two shootings occurred in the City of Fall River and the follow up investigations had been assigned to the Major Crimes Division.
“Since that period, investigators have worked tirelessly to solve these violent crimes. It is believed that the aforementioned shootings were both gang related.”
The first shooting happened at 9:04 p.m. in the area of County Street and Lafayette Street. During that preliminary investigation, officers were able to locate spent 9mm casings. The first floor landing of a residence in the area and a nearby parked auto sustained damage from the gunfire. No persons were injured as a result of this shooting.
At 9:11 p.m. a second shooting occurred at the intersection of Pine Street and Tremont Street. Officers canvassed the area and located 9mm casings and black extended firearm magazine. Three area residences sustained damage from the gunfire. No persons were injured as a result of this shooting.
Huard stated that during the last week, Major Crimes Detectives arrested two individuals that they believe are responsible for both gang related shootings.
23-year-old Malik Staten with a last known address on Fountain Street, has been charged with Two counts of Possession of a large capacity firearm, Two counts of Carrying a loaded firearm in public, Two counts Wanton destruction of property over $1,200, and Two counts Discharge firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
Carlton Albert, 31, with a last known address on North Rocliffe Street has been charged with Four counts of Possession of a large capacity firearm, Two counts of Carrying a loaded firearm in public, Two counts of Wanton destruction of property over $1,200, Two counts of Discharge firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, Two counts of Possession of ammunition without FID card, Two counts of Possession of a large capacity feeding device, Firearm violation with two prior violent/drug crimes, and Threatening to commit a crime.
On April 12, members of the Fall River Police Department Major Crimes Detectives, Emergency Services Unit (ESU), and the Gang Unit executed a search warrant at Albert’s North Rocliffe St. apartment. A search of the apartment yielded two 9mm firearms, (1) 9mm Smith and Wesson firearm, (1) 9mm magazine that contained 16 rounds of 9mm ammunition, (1) Polymer 80 9mm firearm, and (1) 9mm magazine that contained 13 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
Police Chief Jeffrey Cardoza commented, “I want to recognize the outstanding police work done by all the officers that were involved in these investigations. I commend the collaborative effort by Detectives from the Major Crimes Division and Crime Scene Unit, Officers from the Uniform Division, and the Gang Unit. Six months or six days, these cases will continue to remain our top priority”.