Man indicted for March New Bedford shooting

This is a photo of the street signs at the corner of Dunbar and Dartmouth Streets in New Bedford. (WLNE)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — The Bristol District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that a man had been indicted for the March killing of Derek Pires in New Bedford.

Police said Gianni Carter-Joyner was indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, unlawful transportation of a firearm into the Commonwealth, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and two counts of carrying an illegal firearm as a subsequent offense.

Carter-Joyner is currently in custody on related illegal firearm and drug distribution charges. An arraignment conference is still being scheduled.

The homicide took place on March 13, 2023.

Responding officers found Pires, who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, sitting in the driver’s seat of a black Dodge Charger parked on Dunbar Street.

He was taken to Saint Luke’s Hospital, where he died the next morning.

Police said details of the case will be revealed at arraignment.

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