Father and uncle of young victim are charged
Prosecutors in Boston say two brothers shooting at a man at a city park during July 4th celebrations also inadvertently struck one of the suspects’ 8-year-old daughter. Nathas Jacquecine and Ian King pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including armed assault with intent to murder. Both were held on $30,000 bail.
Prosecutors say the 31-year-old Jacquecine and 23-year-old King shot and injured a 35-year-old man in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood at about 11 p.m. on July 4. Authorities say that while striking the adult, who may be paralyzed in one leg as a result, they also struck Jacquecine’s 8-year-old daughter in the foot.
Defense attorneys said surveillance video used to identify the shooters is inconclusive and there is no evidence tying their clients to the shootings.
Tips from the community helped lead police to the two men, Police Commissioner William Gross said.
“Community policing was key in this investigation,” he said, adding that the volume and detail of tips from the community showed “people do care and they have had enough.”
He said of the girl’s shooting in particular, “quite frankly, that pissed me off.” He noted that he recently visited the girl and said she is recovering well and has a great spirit.
She should have her own show on Nickleodeon,” he said, adding, “an 8-year-old child has the right to celebrate the Fourth of July in a park.”
– Associated Press