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By Elaine Allegrini
GateHouse News Service
Posted Nov 01, 2008 @ 09:37 AM

BROCKTON -
United in song, the choir at the United Evangelical Christian Church on the city's West Side fell silent when a shooting victim ran into a church and collapsed on the floor shortly after 10 p.m.
"For the people who were there, it was a pretty frightening situation," said the Rev. Fred Ulysse, pastor of the United Evangelical Christian Church at 144 Belmont Ave.
Ulysse said Friday he was not there but his wife, who was present, ran to aid the victim, identified by police as Adilson Barbosa, 23, of Brockton.
But the victim, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the back, sought more than medical help, according to police and the pastor.
"He asked people to get rid of some stuff," Ulysse said.
That stuff, police said, turned out to be six small plastic bags of crack cocaine, which the church members later turned over to police.
"He told (the woman at church) that he didn't want to go to jail, to throw the stuff away," police Lt. John Crowley, chief of detectives, said. "She didn't know what it was."
Crowley said the shootings and a carjacking were likely related to a drug deal gone bad. The victims told police they were approached by a man with a "shiny revolver" when they went to the Ash Street playground to meet Barbosa's cousin.
When the men refused the suspect's order to "turn over everything you've got," he fired three shots into the car, hitting Barbosa and Monkonjah Smith, 20, of Pawtucket, R.I., Crowley said.
Nunu Kollie, 21, also of Pawtucket and owner of the car, fled into the woods where police later found him, Crowley said.
Smith, bleeding from a gunshot wound, was at Belmont Avenue and West Elm Street, screaming for help, when police arrived. Neither victim suffered life-threatening injuries, according to Crowley.
At the church, meanwhile, the pastor said the experience "panicked" members and leaders of the young adult choir. Uylsse said his wife was among some 15 people in the building, which sits behind the playground.
"The door was unlocked because we were expecting some other people to come," he said, adding that the door will now be locked.
The car, a Buick with Rhode Island registration, had not been recovered as of Friday. Crowley said no suspects had been identified.
Barbosa will be charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and a drug violation in a school or park zone, Crowley said.
 
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