Increased patrols in downtown Fall River after daytime shooting

By: Amanda Pitts

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – Fall River is increasing police presence in the downtown area after shots were fired in broad daylight by the courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

In a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Jasiel Correia announced he’ll be allocating funds to the police department for extra patrols and walking officers in the South Main Street area.

Police say two men were arguing inside the courthouse, and then took their fight outside. One of them drew a gun, firing several shots around 1 p.m., with bullets hitting a car and a law office.

“I was sitting at this desk in my office, and heard the pops go off.”

Criminal Defense Attorney Kenneth Fredette’s office is just a few doors down from Frank D. Camera Law Offices, the building that was hit by bullets.

He said he knows the lawyers who were in the line of fire.

“It’s alarming. I like to think it wouldn’t happen here, but I was just a few doors down so it definitely was a cause for concern.”

Police said they responded within minutes after receiving 911 calls from people inside the courthouse, city hall, and the law office.

Fredette said he’s grateful for the extra security, and he’s surprised there isn’t more violence in the area.

“People come out of that courthouse, and many times there’s victims and the families and obviously the defendants and related persons. So I think it’s a surprise that you don’t see more in the way of violent things happening out here,” said Fredette.

Police say the suspect they’re searching for is a medium-skinned male, approximately 6 feet tall, with a slender build in his early 20’s. They add that the shooting was not random, and the men know each other.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 508-676-8511. 

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