Moments after a shooting left one man wounded in a section of Roxbury with a known gang presence, officers patrolling the area of a rival gang in Jamaica Plain were put on alert and arrested a man who later admitted to that shooting and another shooting the night before, authorities said.
Paul Walrond, 22, of Braintree, is charged with: assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; driving without being licensed; receiving stolen property – the gun allegedly used in both attacks; and two counts each of: armed assault with intent to murder; illegally possessing a gun and ammunition; and shooting a gun within 500 feet of a building, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
Because of prior convictions for assault and battery, Walrond is charged as a Level III armed career criminal, prosecutors said.
He was ordered to be held on $75,000 bail at his arraignment in Roxbury District Court on Monday, authorities said.
On March 7 just after 7 p.m., an 18-year-old man told Boston police officers that he had been shot at while walking to his home on Holworthy Street in Roxbury, prosecutors said. The man said the shots were fired by the driver of a dark-colored vehicle.
On March 8 shortly before 8 p.m., Boston police officers went to Holworthy Street again to respond to another shooting, authorities said. They found a 22-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was hospitalized and is expected to survive his injuries.
Officers were told that a black Cadillac had been seen leaving just after the shooting, prosecutors said.
Knowing that Holworthy Street is part of the area where the H-Block street gang is based, officers patrolling about two miles away began searching for the Cadillac around the Bromley-Heath public housing development, where the rival Heath Street gang is based, according to prosecutors.
Soon after, officers saw Walrond driving a black 2000 Cadillac Catera, prosecutors said. When he noticed a police cruiser, he drove away from officers, parked in a nearby parking long and walked away from the car, leaving its front windows down.
He kept walking and ignored officers until the physically brought him to their cruisers, authorities said.
On the floor of the Cadillac near the back seat, police found a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum revolver with three live rounds and three spent casings in the cylinder, prosecutors said. Its serial number indicated that it had previously been reported stolen.
Walrond was arrested and in a recorded statement to detectives at the police station in Dudley Square, he allegedly admitted to shooting the man that night and to shooting at, but missing, the other man one night earlier, prosecutors said.
He told police he committed the shootings because a friend of his had been shot by H-Block gang members, according to prosecutors.
Walrond is scheduled to return to court on April 9, officials said.
“This arrest was the direct result of Boston Police officers who knew their city,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement. “They weren’t at the scene of the shooting, but they knew where the assailant was likely to turn up. They kept their eyes and ears open and made our streets safer as a result.”
The police department recently announced plans to open a satellite office at the Bromley-Heath complex in an effort to combat a wave of violence there in recent months.
Other steps have been taken to try to secure the complex: including gun seizures, arrests, evictions, and the installation of new security cameras and lighting.
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