ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI/AP) — An Attleboro woman faced a judge Friday on an accessory charge connected to a deadly shooting inside a Braintree mall over the weekend.
Samantha Schwartz, 27, pleaded not guilty to one count of accessory to murder, after the fact. Schwartz was arrested in Quincy on Thursday, and Morrissey confirmed she was not the person who pulled the trigger.
Morrissey said the charge against Schwartz stems from the actions she took following the shooting, though he did not specify what those actions were. Her attorney, Christopher Malcolm, said Schwartz hopes to be acquitted once a jury hears the evidence.
The incident occurred at the South Shore Plaza, when Morrissey said 26-year-old Dijoun Beasley was shot by another man while shopping Saturday afternoon. Beasley was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Monday.
An arrest warrant has been issued for the gunman, identified Friday as Julius Hammond-Desir, 19, of Maynard. Morrissey asked the public to report any information about Hammond-Desir’s whereabouts.
“We urge you not to approach him but to call 911 if you see him,” Morrissey said.
The shooting sent shoppers fleeing from the suburban mall, which has been the site of previous violent acts in recent years.
Gang members exchanged gunfire inside a department store in 2017, and in 2020, a 15-year-old girl described as an innocent bystander was hit twice during a shooting.
Braintree Mayor Charles Kokoros called the latest shooting unacceptable and said he would work with the mall’s owners to ensure the safety of shoppers and employees.
Anyone who has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Braintree Police Department by calling (781) 794-8620 or the Massachusetts State Police at (781) 830-4990.