Two shot in New Bedford, rushed to hospital

NEW BEDFORD, MASS (WLNE) – Police are investigating a double shooting that happened overnight in New Bedford.

It happened after midnight in the area of Ash and Middle Street, where officers responded to a call at 11:50 p.m. at the Temple Landing apartment complex.

Neighbors say the shooting happened just hours after a vigil was held at Magnett Park for a young boy who was murdered four years ago. Tuesday morning, green balloons still hung off the fence and candles were left behind from the night before.

Rita Abreu was just steps away in her apartment at Temple Landing when the gunshots went off.

“What I remember is, in the afternoon, I saw balloons right over there, green balloons, and there was a lot of people there,” Abreu said. “It was mostly young kids.”

Abreu says she doesn’t know what happened when the sun went down, but hours before the shooting, it was peaceful.

“A young boy,” Abreu said. “I think his name is Mateo… was Mateo… and I think that was the anniversary of his death.”

New Beford police say two men were shot at the corner of Elm Street and Ash Street. They say they were taken to St. Luke’s hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to social media reports, there was a large gathering outside the hospital last night after the shooting.

Police were not able to confirm what happened or whether the shooting was connected to the vigil. They say they are actively investigating.

Abreu says it’s not the first time police have been called out to Magnett Park.

“The park doesn’t belong to Temple Landing. It belongs to the city.” Abreu said. “Every time there’s something going on, they blame Temple Landing.  As a tenant, I disagree with that.  The city should take care of that.”

As for any suspects or a motive, police haven’t released any information. Rita and her neighbors say they hope they get some answers soon.

“It’s very scary, very scary,” Abreu said. “I wish everybody could stand up and just talk.”

This is a developing story and more details will be added as they become available.

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