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By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
September 30, 2008 6:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD - A reputed Latin King gang member was arrested Sunday night, charged with shooting a man on Deane Street.
The victim was shot twice in the leg, but did not sustain life-threatening injuries, police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey P. Silva said Monday.
Police arrested Jeremiah Nicol, 22, of 1069 County St. He was arraigned Monday on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and unlawful possession of a firearm.
He was detained pending a dangerousness hearing Thursday in District Court. If found dangerous, he will be held without bail for up to 90 days while his case is pending.
According to court records, Mr. Nicol is a well-known Latin King gang member with a long criminal record that includes past arrests for distributing cocaine, assault, larceny and making threats.
It was not immediately clear what the motive was for Sunday's shooting, which occurred just after 11:30 p.m.
Police officers Shawn Robert and Trevor Sylvia were patrolling the area of Ashley Boulevard and Deane Street when they heard six shots fired. They turned down Deane Street and saw two men running, court records said.
Officers Robert and Sylvia stopped and questioned both individuals. They released one man but arrested Mr. Nicol, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, court records said.
Within minutes, the victim's son called 911 to report the shooting. After being shot, the victim rode his bicycle to Bullard Street, where he remained until police arrived, court records said; a third bullet had grazed his clothing but did not strike him.
Police charged Mr. Nicol with the shooting after the victim identified him as one of the assailants.
Police also recovered a firearm allegedly used in the shooting. The weapon had an obliterated serial number and had been reported stolen from a New Bedford residence, court records said.
The victim was transferred to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence from St. Luke's Hospital, police said.
The police investigation is ongoing.
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