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Malden police arrest teen in Eastern Ave. shooting

Posted by Matt Byrne  September 11, 2012 08:00 AM

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Two witnesses, Nancy Kjersgard and John Stelmach, describe the shooting.

MALDEN - Police have charged a 17-year-old from Malden with shooting another teen Monday in a restaurant parking lot during a brazen daylight attack.

Tyrell Berberena Jr., of Malden was charged with armed assault to murder and possession of a high-capacity firearm, said Stephanie Chelf-Guyotte, spokeswoman for the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.

"The defendant and victim were known to each other and this is not random,"Chelf-Guyotte said. The condition of the male victim was not released.

Police are trying to determine a motive for the 10:31 a.m. attack on Monday. Berberena is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Malden District Court.

The victim was riding a bicycle through the parking lot of the Sun Kong restaurant at 275 Eastern Ave. when he was shot, authorities said. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was being treated, according to Chelf-Guyotte.

Two witnesses who saw the attack said three young men were standing on the corner of Warren and Eastern avenues where the restaurant is located. They said one person in the group, dressed in a black sweatshirt with the hood up, pulled out a black handgun, pointed it at the man on the bike, and fired four or five shots.


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The bike witnesses say the shooting victim was riding.


According to police and witnesses, the three suspects fled west on Eastern Avenue to a house at on Wyeth Street where Berberena was arrested.

The witnesses said the chilling encounter lasted only a few seconds.

"I saw the whole thing," said John Stelmach, 38, of Malden, a driver for Malden Taxi, who was standing in the doorway of the business at 290 Eastern Ave. when he noticed the shots.

"I was watching traffic, and I saw a group of kids. I saw one kid who was standing on the sidewalk pull out a gun and just start shooting,"he said. "After the kid did the four or five shots, he turned around and started walking nonchalantly down Eastern Avenue. It was crazy."

Another driver for the taxi company, Nancy Kjersgard, 46, said she was driving on Eastern Avenue when she passed the restaurant, looked into the parking lot, and watched as the young bicyclist fell to the pavement.

"I saw the kid go down,"said Kjersgard, still shaking from shock. "Then the kid that shot him started walking away like it was nothing." 

The area of the shooting is steps from the scene when Cory Disciscio was shot to death a block away on Wyeth Street in 2010.

There has been a spate of recent gun violence in Malden.


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Police investigating the shooting.



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