NEW BEDFORD, Mass (WPRI) — A New Bedford man was arrested in Virginia early Tuesday morning in connection with a deadly shooting in the city.
Alfonso Richards, 59, was taken into custody without incident along I-95, according to police.
Police issued an arrest warrant for Richards soon after Naurik Michel-Brown, 23, was shot and killed in New Bedford Monday afternoon.
After learning Richards may have fled the state, police said issued an alert to various interstate agencies to track him down.
Phillis and Earle Phillps live across the street from where Michel-Brown was shot.
“I thought it was a guy with a nail gun or something,” Earle recalled.
“Somebody … shot him and he fell and I said, ‘oh my, he’s not moving,” Phillis added.
The couple provided 12 News with surveillance footage of the incident, in which a man can be seen hopping into a vehicle and speeding off.
Richards has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and police expect that to eventually be upgraded to murder. It’s unclear when Richards will be arraigned in Massachusetts.
Multiple sources tell 12 News Richards and Michel-Brown were family by marriage.
Jummy Adeleke, Michel-Brown’s neighbor, said he was a father who didn’t deserve to die.
“He and his wife are amazing [people],” Adeleke said. “[He was] a very loving person, he loved kids. He used to bring the kids outside and play with them.”
Phillis said one of the bullets hit a nearby vehicle, which had three young children inside of it. It’s unclear if those children were related to either of the men.
“Thank God they didn’t get hit with a bullet,” Phillis said of the kids. “My God, how can you do that?”