NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have arrested two men in connection with a shootout near a New Bedford housing development earlier this month.
New Bedford Police Chief Paul Oliveira said officers responded to the Ben Rose housing development on Sept. 6 for a ShotSpotter activation.
The investigation later revealed that, prior to the officers’ arrival, Jonathan Ovalle had exchanged gunfire with Christopher Little as he drove by the development, according to Oliveira.
Ovalle was taken into custody last week and ordered held without bail.
Meanwhile, an arrest warrant was issued for Little in connection with the shootout.
Little was already wanted by police in connection with an incident near Monte’s Playground the day before. He was identified as one of several suspects in a video posted on social media, which showed a juvenile being punched and kicked while lying on the ground, according to Oliveira.
The chief said detectives received word last Thursday that Little may be near the Blue Meadows housing complex.
That afternoon, Oliveira said an officer patrolling the area spotted Little inside a parked car and tried to speak with him.
Little took off running through the housing complex and into a nearby parking lot, but was quickly captured, according to Oliveira.
The chief said officers searched the vehicle and found a handgun with a defaced serial number underneath where he was sitting.
The owner of the vehicle, identified as Shaundre Levy, was also arrested.
Both Little and Levy were charged with carrying a loaded firearm with a defaced serial number. Little was also charged with discharging a firearm, destruction of property, carrying a loaded firearm, and attempted assault and battery by discharge in connection with the shootout.