NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) ─ Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed in New Bedford Monday afternoon, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office.
The incident took place at the intersection of Ashley Boulevard and Belleville Road around 2:45 p.m.
New Bedford Lieutenant Scott Carola told 12 News officers were already responding to a ShotSpotter activation in the north-end sector of the city when the department began receiving reports of a gunshot victim.
Upon their arrival, Carola said the responding officers found the victim and began performing life-saving measures on him.
The victim, identified by the DA’s office as Naurik Michel-Brown, 23, was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Witnesses tell 12 News they saw Michel-Brown laying on the ground next to a nearby vehicle and watched as officers pulled two young children from the back seat.
“I never expected to see something like this happen,” 13-year-old Brooklynne Costa said.
Miguel Fernandez, who lives nearby, said he heard two people arguing in the moments leading up to the shooting.
“The guy got upset … took the gun and shot the dude,” Fernandez recalled. “Shot him, I think, three or four times.”
“It makes me nervous,” he added. “It makes me feel unsafe … because you don’t know who could come around.”
The incident remains under investigation at this time and no arrests have been made.