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New Bedford Records 8th Murder This Year

Man Charged In Shooting Death

POSTED: 8:19 am EDT October 11, 2005
UPDATED: 12:47 pm EDT October 11, 2005

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- New Bedford police have arrested a suspect in a fatal shooting.

Wayne Miranda, 26, of New Bedford, is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the shooting death of Christopher Barros, also of New Bedford.

Officers responded to 911 calls about shots fired in the area of Purchase and Russell streets on Monday night and found Barros in a back yard with a gunshot wound.

Barros, 25, was pronounced dead at St. Luke's Hospital.

Police did not comment on a possible motive, and they have not yet found the murder weapon.

New Bedford has recorded eight murders so far this year. There were seven all of last year.

"It's been interaction between individuals who know one other. It's not random-type shooting; it's targeting at one another whether it's of significant or stupid reasons. They're not just going out and randomly shooting people," Lt. Richard Spirlet said.

The Standard-Times reported that it was the second shooting in three days in the area of Purchase and Russell. At least 10 shots were fired Saturday night, but no one was reported injured.
 
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