Julius Hammond-Desir, 19, of Maynard, is accused of killing Dijoun C. Beasley, 26, of Dorchester, who was shopping at the mall when he was shot around 3:30 p.m last Saturday. State and #braintree #braintreemall pic.twitter.com/INJjDxmRYH Man In 'Grave Condition' After South Shore Plaza Shooting Nathaniel also does freelance play-by-play broadcast work for high school football and baseball. As mayor, it's very frustrating to have incidents like this occur while people are out shopping on a Saturday. UPDATE: The victim, identified as Dijoun C. Beasley, 26, of Dorchester, has died from his injuries, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey and Braintree Police Chief Mark Dubois said in a release on Monday. In-depth news coverage of the Greater Boston Area. Investigators haven't said how many times he was shot. Authorities believe Beasleywas targeted by the shooter, who immediately left the mall. Gang members exchanged gunfire in the Macys shoe department in 2017, and then a different pair got into a gunfight in July 2020. Anyone with information should contact Braintree detectives at (781) 794-8620 or tips@braintreema.gov. Braintree Deputy Chief Tim Cohoon, Deputy Chief Michael Want and Mayor Charles Kokoros held a press conference about 5 p.m. Saturday. He was taken to Boston Medical Center and the Norfolk District Attorney's office announced his death on Monday. Morrissey would would not go into specifics of exactly where the shooting occurred but did say it was inside a store that is fairly close to one of the mall's parking garages. People were asked to avoid the area, and the mall immediately went into lockdown; that has since been lifted. Police said it appears this was a targeted shooting, not a random event, and wanted to assure the public there was no danger to the community at large. Saturday's shooting isn't the first at the South Shore Plaza. Braintree Police Chief Mark Dubois said mall security will be reevaluated following this incident, noting that Braintree officers are assigned to the plaza seven days a week. Even if you think it was small, Morrissey said authorities still want to hear from you if you saw anything, or heard anything -- such as a speeding car. Dijoun C. Beasley, a 26 "It is a concern obviously that we've had several incidents down here," Dubois said. Reach Mary Whitfill at mwhitfill@patriotledger.com. "I was waiting in line to go buy a drink and I saw everyone running. They were quickly joined by other units, police said, and civilian EMTs who were firefighters helped render first aid to the victim until more first responders arrived. Cookie Settings/Do Not Sell My Personal Information. : Denzel Descartes) pic.twitter.com/5P98tpqOIY. Anyone with information is asked to contactBraintree Policeat 781-794-8620 or emailtips@braintreema.gov,or call State Police detectives at 781-830-4990. MSP, @BraintreePolice and other local departments are on scene @SouthShorePlaza in response to a shooting. The shooter fled the area. The suspect who fired the shot, as best we can tell, immediately left the mall, Cohoon said at a news conference. The latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox. South Shore Plaza reopened Sunday after a man was shot inside the Braintree shopping mall Saturday afternoon. The Norfolk District Attorney's Office said forensic work inside South Shore Plaza has been completed and that the mall should be open for business. Reports from shoppers came in Saturday afternoon about gunfire at the Braintree mall at 250 Granite St. The scene was secured by about 5:30 p.m., authorities told reporters. Shooting at South Shore Plaza Forever 21: People run for their lives, mall locked down, police arrive from all over By adamg on Sat, 01/22/2022 - 5:29pm WCVB reports the shooting was around 3 p.m. People ran for their lives: HERE IS THE VID OF INSIDE THE MALL DURING THE SHOOTING! Boston man admits to shooting teenager at South Shore Plaza, will spend 8 years in prison, Braintree mayor to meet with mall on security, Construction projects like Braintree's new middle school have a new financial watchdog. DETAILS TO COME. A pair of men were arrested last week after police say they targeted shoppers leaving the Royal Poinciana Plaza. Prior to SCNG, Nathaniel spent five years covering community sports for the La Habra Journal, an independent bi-monthly community newspaper. Police continue to search for the shooter. He previously worked covering politics in Pennsylvania and breaking news and government in North Dakota starting in 2012. 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(AP) Police are investigating a brazen daytime shooting that sent shoppers fleeing from the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. There was also gang-related gunfire inside the plaza in February of 2017. A short time later, police said the mall was closed. All rights reserved (About Us). YouTubes privacy policy is available here and YouTubes terms of service is available here. Mike Manson said. "I was very close to a door, and I just heard everyone start saying, 'Evacuate! A man was critically injured Saturday afternoon in a shooting at a shopping mall in Braintree, Massachusetts, and the suspect is still on the loose, police said. One male produced a firearm and shot the other male, he said. It has to stop.". Cohoon said the shooting "lookslike a targeted event. Everyone, run! a man named Wendell told NBC10 Boston. 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In a press conference Saturday night, Morrissey said they are still determining if there was more than one suspect involved in the shooting. Earlier this month 22-year-old Jose Rodriguez admitted to shooting a 15-year-old girl at the mall in 0:52. Authorities name alleged South Shore Plaza shooter: Woman helped mall murder suspect hide, prosecutors say Beasley, 26, of Dorchester, was shot midafternoon There were also shootings at the South Shore Plaza in 2020 and 2017. "And that we will be working directly with the South Shore Plaza, Simon Properties to come up with solutions to these problems.". In February 2017, shooting erupted when two members of rival Boston gangs encountered each other in the shoe department of Macy's. The South Shore Plaza shooting happened on July 3, 2020, while Rodriguez and others were in line at Expressions, and a second group stood behind them. BRAINTREE The South Shore Plaza reopened Sunday after a 26-year-old Boston man was shot inside a store on the first level of the mall Saturday afternoon. The DA said the plaza will remain closed until authorities finish processing the scene, noting there is a large area that needs to be processed. Here is our latest offer. One male produced a firearm and shot the other male, he said. ", New: This video shows the chaos inside South Shore Plaza following gunfire this afternoon. The next thing I know, I hear the cops saying, Get out of the way! Authorities investigating a deadly shooting at a Massachusetts mall have arrested a woman accused of being an accessory after the fact. No one was hurt in that incident. It doesn'tappear to be random at all.". I kind of immediately went into panic and then the sirens started to sound, another woman recalled. The South Shore Plaza in Braintree is boosting security measures with K-9 patrols, additional cameras and more in the wake of a deadly shooting in a store. Palm Beach news from a police report. Two days later, it was announced that the victim, 26-year old Dijoun C. Beasley from Dorchester, The victim survived, and earlier this month the accused gunman, Jose Rodriguez, pleaded guilty to all the charges against him. They say the shooting appears to have been targeted. It's a place that people should be able to go and shop safely. There have been several weapons incidents at the busy mall over the past few years, the Herald previously reported. The suspect in the deadly shooting Julius Hammond-Desir, 19, of Maynard remains at-large. The mall immediately went into lockdown after that, and Braintree Police issued a warning around 3:30 p.m. to avoid the area. No one was injured in the 2017 incident, but in the 2020 one a teenage girl suffered non-life-threatening wounds when she caught a stray bullet. Thanks to our subscribers, who help make this coverage possible. "Knowing that this just happened makes me question working here now," she said. Hammond-Desir is accused of shooting and killing Dijoun Beasley, 26, of Dorchester, at an undisclosed store on the main floor of the mall around 3 p.m. that afternoon. Police said the incident occurred "My girlfriend just called in a panic said cops descended on South Shore plaza and ordered her and everyone out immediately. It has to stop.". #NBC10Boston #NECN https://t.co/EsU4phEZzk. As mayor, it's very frustrating to have incidents like this occur while people are out shopping on a Saturday. A 15-year-old girl standing nearby was shot in the hand and chest. A male victim has been transported to a Boston hospital. "It's a place that people should be able to go and shop safely, and we should not have gunshots being fired while people are out shopping and enjoying their Saturday.". Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey said the shooting victim is in "grave condition" after being taken to a Boston hospital. "We just all rushed to the exit, and someone said they saw someone with a gun. The shooter fled the area and remains on the loose, police said. Here's where they stand. Norfolk County sheriff's office intercepts $14,000 worth of drugs coming into jail, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. 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He said the victim was last known to have a Boston home address. The Braintree police chief said this is an extremely active investigation and they have a tremendous amount of resources dedicated to this incident from state police and the Braintree Police Department. Receive the latest news and breaking updates, straight from our newsroom to your inbox. We dont know if its suspect or suspects, were trying to sort that out, Morrissey said. According to Braintree Deputy Chief Tim Cohoon, there was an "encounter" between two men inside a store on the first floor of the mall. He said the shooting "looks like a targeted event. I just dropped my products and started running out with the masses," said Keri Maceus, who was inside the mall at the time of the shooting. Barnes & Noble to close bookstore in Braintree; what's next on the site? He is in "serious, very grave condition," Morrissey said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Braintree police detectives at (781) 794-8620 or [emailprotected]. The fatal Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey said during a 7:15 p.m. press conference Saturday that the mall remains "a very, very active crime scene." His name is not being released at this time. Braintree Mayor Charles Kokoros also spoke at Saturday's press conferences and appeared frustrated by the latest shooting incident at the mall. There were no reports of injuries. BRAINTREE (CBS) - An Attleboro woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. Those inside the mall said there were calls to evacuate the building as soon as the shooting took place. Rodriguez fled the mall on foot, but was tracked by a police K-9 team and arrested on Granite Street a short distance from the mall. The South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts, will reopen at noon on Sunday, one day after a man was critically injured in a shooting inside the shopping mall. The district attorney would not specify in which store the shooting happened, except that it was "not far from one of the parking garages.". Copyright 2023 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. Town finances: Construction projects like Braintree's new middle school have a new financial watchdog. Morrissey said authorities do not know at this time if there is more than one suspect. Julius Hammond-Desir, 19, faces a murder charge in the Jan. 22 shooting of Dijoun Beasley at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. Beasley was unarmed and shot at close range. BRAINTREE, Mass. If you are not a subscriber, please consider supporting quality local journalism with a Patriot Ledger subscription. It wasnt known if anyone involved was inside the mall prior to the shooting, Manson said. AVOID THE AREA. Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 4/4/2023), Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your Privacy Choices and Rights (updated 1/26/2023). Update: Julius Hammond-Desir pleaded not guilty to murder and firearms charges in Quincy District Court Wednesday afternoon. "I've lived here my whole life. Around 6:40 p.m., state police said the mall was cleared and the scene secured. These items are in addition to the police substation located on property, the numerous armed police officers that patrol the property daily and the propertys private security force, South Shore Plaza said in its security announcement. There was a confrontation between two men inside a store and one of the men shot the other, according to authorities. Costa Mesa police are investigating a shooting in a South Coast Plaza parking lot on Thursday night, Dec. 22. Kokoros called the shooting, the second in as many years, "unacceptable.". Everyone was gone by the time we got there, Manson said. Investigators were looking into the possibility that an attempted robbery prompted the shooting, with the intended victim pulling a gun and firing, Manson said. Shopper Anna Chang was on the first floor when she saw people running. Prosecutors had asked for a $200,000 cash bail and GPS monitoring. "They're still trying to sort that out," the DA said. It wasn't immediately clear how many times he was shot. We are meeting with the elected officials of Braintree to discuss the ways we can collaboratively support our continued efforts to keep the community safe, South Shore Plaza said in a statement. Investigation ongoing. #NBC10Boston #NECN https://t.co/QqVAxVrEic. Police said a suspect approached the victim and fired a gun at him; the victim, who has not yet been identified, was transported to a Boston area hospital. The mayor said Saturday's shooting is one too many, again reiterating that they want to make sure everyone feels safe when they go shopping. They said it appeared to be a targeted incident. Braintree police are still investigating what authorities described as a targeted shooting at South Shore Plaza on Saturday afternoon that left a 26-year-old man in grave It doesn'tappear to be random at all.". He also serves as the news editor on Saturdays. Shoppers reacted on social media asthe incident unfolded about 3 p.m.Saturday. @wbz (???? We all just waited outside and ran toward the outside, and I just kept walking with the crowd. #BREAKING: @BraintreePolice say there was an encounter, between two men inside a store that ended when one man shot the other. The victim wastaken to Boston Medical Center. Stay up to date on all the latest news from Boston.com. The Norfolk District Attorney's ", "This is unacceptable," he added. It was between two men, and one pulled out a firearm and shot the other. A fight escalated into a shooting and Michael Spence was arrested after he was identified using surveillance footage and other resources. Police believe the suspect immediately fled the mall, and the search for him is ongoing. No arrests at this time. South Shore Plaza remained close for the remainder of Saturday, and it was not immediately clear if it would reopen Sunday. BRAINTREE, MA A person was shot at the South Shore Plaza Saturday, according to police. Anyone who was at the mall or in the area between 3 - 3:30 p.m. that saw anything out of the ordinary is asked to contact state and local detectives -- particularly if they were near the section where the shooting occurred, or in the nearby parking garage. South Shore Plaza was immediately placed on lockdown and a shelter-in-place order went out for the surrounding neighborhood. He was most recently a reporter at The Lowell Sun. Police at the scene of the shooting said that the suspect had fled the area. It was at least the second shooting to occur at the mall within the past two years. Braintree Mayor Charles Kokoros and Braintree Police Chief Mark Dubois told The Patriot Ledger they had plans to meet with representatives of Simon Property Group, the mall's operator, Thursday. "I will say that this is unacceptable," Kokoros said. Police say the suspect immediately left the mall. Evacuate!' Nathaniel Percy has worked for the Southern California News Group since 2014 covering a wide range of topics including community sports and cities in Orange County, as well as crime and public safety in the South Bay and Long Beach. The man accused of shooting and killing another man at the South Shore Plaza mall in Braintree was arrested in Dorchester this morning after three and a half weeks While not reporting, he enjoys long-distance running. The shooting took place about 4:43p.m. July 3, 2020, in the Nordstrom wing of the mall and began as an altercation between two groups, authorities said. Some officers were already at the mall at the time of the shooting, Braintree police said in a statement. Thursday afternoon, 27-year-old Samantha Schwartz of Attleboro had been arrested on a charge of being an accessory after the fact of murder, the district attorney's office said. "We don't believe there's any further danger to the surrounding neighborhoods," Cohoon said. Police say the suspect is not yet in custody. The shooting caused shoppers and employees to scramble for safety and a massive police response. 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