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By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
August 26, 2008 6:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD - Police have arrested three men and are looking for a fourth suspect charged in connection with Thursday's shooting at Ashley Park.
Two suspects, Blaize Zabel, 18, and Michael Melanson, 20, both of 88 Thompson St., were arraigned Monday in New Bedford District Court after being arrested over the weekend.
Kyle Melanson, 18, also of 88 Thompson St., was arrested and arraigned Friday, police said.
Kyle and Michael Melanson are both charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. They were ordered held on $1,000 bail, according to court records.
Mr. Zabel is being detained pending a dangerousness hearing Friday. He is charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm without an FID card, assault with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.
Mr. Zabel was allegedly seen by an off-duty police officer shooting at a group of men at Ashley Park just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
There were no reported injuries from the shooting, court records said.
The incident occurred just after a fight in the park, police said. People were playing softball nearby at the time of the shooting.
Police Officer Jean Gomes, who was off-duty and watching the game, saw the suspects running with a gun, then heard four to five shots, court records said. Officer Gomes yelled at the adults and children in the park to get down during the shooting.
Detective Allan Fonseca, who was also at the park, assisted securing the area until responding cruisers arrived.
Police did not recover any shell casings or a weapon.
Meanwhile, Mr. Zabel and three other men were seen by neighbors running down Thompson Street minutes after the shooting, police said.
Police apprehended Mr. Zabel and two other individuals at 88 Thompson St. The other two men were identified as Kyle Melanson, and Miguel Perez, 19, of 87 Mill St.
Patrol officers questioned the three but did not immediately arrest them because they did not have enough evidence, officials said. They were released Thursday evening.
Detective Greg Sirois applied for arrest warrants the following day after investigators interviewed additional witnesses and obtained additional information, New Bedford police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey P. Silva said.
Mr. Perez was still at large as of Monday evening. He is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

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Fourth suspect arrested, alleged gunman denied bail for Ashley Park shooting

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

NEW BEDFORD - A fourth suspect was arrested while an alleged gunman was held without bail in connection with an Aug. 21 shooting during a softball game at Ashley Park.
Police arrested Miguel Perez, 19, of 87 Mill St. Thursday night after receiving a tip that he was at St. Luke's Hospital, where he had gone to receive treatment for gallstones, court records said.
Mr. Perez was arraigned Friday in New Bedford District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
Meanwhile, Blaize Zabel, 18, of New Bedford was denied bail following a dangerousness hearing Friday.
Mr. Zabel was allegedly seen by an off-duty police officer shooting at a group of men at Ashley Park in the South End. He is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm without a license and disorderly conduct.
Two others, Kyle Melanson, 19, and Michael Melanson, 20, both of New Bedford, have also been arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
The four defendants were seen by Officer Jean Gomes, who was off duty and watching the softball game, when four to five gunshots were heard. The four individuals were then observed running from the area, with Mr. Zabel holding a gun in his hand, court records said.
Officer Gomes yelled at the adults and children in the park to get down during the shooting.
Meanwhile, Mr. Zabel and three other men were seen by neighbors running down Thompson Street minutes after the shooting. Police apprehended Mr. Zabel, Mr. Perez and Kyle Melanson at 88 Thompson St.
Officers questioned the three but did not immediately arrest them, officials said. They were released later that evening.
Detective Greg Sirois applied for arrest warrants the following day after investigators had interviewed additional witnesses and obtained additional information, court records said.

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