1 man dead, another injured in Mansfield shooting

Aderito Cardoso, 22, is shown with his 8-month-old daughter, Alayna, in this 2010 photo. He died after being shot yesterday. Aderito Cardoso, 22, is shown with his 8-month-old daughter, Alayna, in this 2010 photo. He died after being shot yesterday.
By Matt Byrne and Christopher J. Girard
Globe Correspondents / January 16, 2011

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MANSFIELD — A Brockton man who was shot to death early yesterday at an apartment complex was remembered by friends as a hard-working father whose laughter was infectious.

Authorities have not released details about the death of Aderito Cardoso, 22, who was declared dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, according to a statement from the Bristol district attorney’s office.

Mansfield police responded about 3:45 a.m. yesterday to a report of shots fired at the Village at Mansfield Depot on Francis Avenue, said Police Chief Arthur M. O’Neill. Two men, in their early 20s, were found suffering from gunshot wounds and were flown by MedFlight helicopter to Boston hospitals, he said.

The other man, who was not identified, suffered injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening and was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, O’Neill said. Authorities released no information about the second man.

Police recovered a firearm at the scene, O’Neill said.

The shootings are under investigation, but they are considered isolated cases, and residents should not feel threatened, he said.

Friends who gathered outside Cardoso’s home on Winthrop Street in Brockton said he had a fun-loving, competitive spirit and was always working on his car, a Jaguar sedan. They said he drove with friends in a car club he had started called Nice ‘N’ Low.

“He had a laugh that would make you laugh,’’ said Luis Montrond, 24, who said he saw Cardoso nearly every day.

Montrond said Cardoso, who was born in Cape Verde and moved to the United States when he was young, graduated from Brockton High School and recently completed an auto body training program at New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island.

Juary Goncalves, 24, the brother of Cardoso’s girlfriend, said he did not know why Cardoso was at the apartment.

“He was into partying, that’s it,’’ said Goncalves, who said he last saw Cardoso on Jan. 9. “He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.’’

Cardoso has an 8-month-old daughter, Goncalves said.

Details of the shooting were sketchy yesterday, but neighbors said a disturbance erupted shortly before 4 a.m. at 2904 Francis Ave. in the 245-unit apartment and town house complex.

Vara Reddy, who lives with his family in a nearby apartment, said after police arrived that he saw a man taken away on a stretcher. Reddy said officers told him two people were hurt when a fight broke out in a hallway.

That version of events was supported by another neighbor, Vijay Mane, 30, who lives in the building where the shooting occurred. Mane said he saw a hole, about 1 1/2 feet wide, in a wall of the building corridor.

A third neighbor, who gave his name only as Pete, said that his bedroom window faces the apartment where Cardoso was shot and that he was awoken by a loud noise outside.

“I heard a commotion, which is strange, because here you don’t hear anything,’’ he said.

The next thing he heard was a man banging on something and repeatedly yelling “Let me in,’’ he said, before he heard screams.