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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2022

On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at approximately 1:17 p.m., the Somerville Police Department responded to numerous 911 calls for multiple shots fired in the area of Mystic Avenue and within the Mystic Housing Development.  

Police learned that at least two groups of males were involved in a shooting incident within the Mystic Housing Development. A witness provided a description of a vehicle that fled the scene; a description was broadcasted to surrounding police jurisdictions.  Somerville Police, along with the State Police conducted an extensive search of the immediate area. One firearm was recovered. One individual who is believed to have been involved in this incident, was located near the Healy School and apprehended.  

A short time later, a Medford Police Officer located the fleeing vehicle in Cambridge. Two of the four occupants fled; the Medford Officer was able to detain two others until Cambridge Police arrived.  The vehicle was determined to have been stolen in Boston.  Cambridge Police placed the two individuals in custody for Receiving Stolen Property who will be questioned regarding the Somerville shooting.

It is not clear whether the individuals are known to each other. Nor is the motive for the incident determined at this time.  Police Chief Charles Femino stated he will be deploying additional resources in the area and would like to commend his officers who demonstrated a calm and professional manner throughout this incident.

Although we believe there is no ongoing threat to the immediate area, we ask residents to remain alert and report any suspicious activity to the Somerville Police Department. If there is an immediate threat to public safety, please call 911 for an immediate response. For non-emergency reports, please call 617-625-1600 ext. 7238.

The City of Somerville and Somerville Police are committed to keeping our community safe. We also understand that violent incidents can be traumatizing and unsettling. If you need someone to talk to or help accessing resources, please call the Trauma Response Network at 857-221-0942.

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On 2/11/22, Jaiir Coleman pleaded guilty for his role in the multiple shootings in Somerville, Chelsea and Cambridge. He received a minimum sentence of 40 years. We are proud of the work done by Somerville Detectives on this case and the collaboration of the agencies involved in this federal prosecution.
 
"Coleman admitted to committing six shootings in furtherance of this drug conspiracy. Four shootings took place on Nov. 11, 2019, in Chelsea and Somerville, during which homes and vehicles were struck with gunfire. A fifth shooting took place in May 2020 in Somerville targeting individuals who were believed to be rival gang members. A sixth shooting took place in Cambridge in July 2020, during which Coleman used a machine gun to shoot at a group of individuals in response to a video posting made on social media." Boston-Area Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Drug and Firearms Conspiracy. (2022, February 11). [Press release]. https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/boston-area-gang-member-pleads-guilty-drug-and-firearms-conspiracy-involving-six

Armed Robbery

22005269: On 2/2/22 at approximately 3:07 PM, Somerville Police responded to a business in Assembly Row for a robbery. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the reporting person who stated a black man, 6 feet tall, wearing a red, white, and blue winter hat, blue Adidas hooded sweatshirt, and light blue jeans entered the store and began to shoplift various items. When he approached the exit, he brandished a knife at the security guard. Anyone with information regarding this individual is asked to please contact the Somerville Police at 617-625-1600.

Hate Vandalism

22003686: The Somerville Police are interested in speaking with the individuals pictured below regarding hateful graffiti that was written on a business on Elm St. Anyone with information regarding these individuals is asked to please contact the Somerville Police at 617-625-1600.

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Assault

22005746: On 2/5/22 at approximately 1:50 PM, Somerville Police responded to a business in the area of Mystic Ave & Revolution Dr for report of a past assault. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who stated while he was in the parking lot, he engaged in an argument with a man operating a pickup truck who then exited the vehicle and attacked him. Officers identified the suspect.