Man killed, another critically injured in New Bedford shooting; suspect in custody

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Police are investigating after one man was killed and another was critically injured after both were shot in New Bedford Friday morning, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office.

Police were called for reports of shots fired on Lafrance Street just before 10:30 a.m.

The DA’s office said upon arrival, officers found one of the victims, identified as Angel Cruz, 40, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The second victim, a 32-year-old New Bedford man, attempted to drive himself to the hospital but ultimately crashed in the area of Linden and County streets, the DA’s office said.

He was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The DA’s office said nearly an hour after the shooting, officers came upon a man matching the shooter’s description near the corner of Penniman and Reynolds streets.

When officer attempted to approach the man, later identified as Jon Zell, 18, of Mattapoisett, the DA’s office said he began firing a handgun in their direction.

After firing several times at the officers, Zell was taken into custody. The DA’s office said the officers fired back at Zell and no one was injured.

Zell is charged with multiple counts of armed assault with intent to murder. The DA’s office said other charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning.

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