ROXBURY, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Police have identified the alleged gunman in the shooting that left three dead this past summer, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.
During an after-hours party on June 22 in Roxbury, an altercation began between Felix Garcia, Brian Tirado, and a friend of Jael Romero. Romero allegedly pulled a handgun and shot Garcia, Tirado, and Ana Cruz after firing several rounds.
The Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments Friday charging Romero, 23, with three counts of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the release. Romero is currently being held on open and unrelated charges in Bristol County and a warrant has been lodged to hold him in case he posts bail, the release said.
"This defendant was arrested with the help of the community and the relentless detectives who pursued every lead," Commissioner William Evans said in the release. "Getting guns and violent offenders off Boston's streets is the Department's number one priority. This arrest sends a clear message to anyone who seeks to commit violent acts in our neighborhoods - we will find you and bring you to justice."
Romero was arrested on Aug. 27, 2012, on the charges of unlawful possession of a firearm after Boston Police confiscated a Cobra FS380 semiautomatic handgun loaded with seven rounds of ammunition from his car, the release said. He was held on $20,000 bail at his arraignment held the same day. He posted bail after it was lowered to $10,000. The case is still pending.
Romero was also arrested in early July after a chase that began in Seekonk and ended in Rhode Island. He posted the bail for the offenses allegedly committed in Rhode Island and is now being held on high bail on gun and stolen vehicle charges in Bristol County. His bail for the open 2012 case was revoked.
He will be arraigned on murder charges in early December.