Man arrested in connection with shooting of bystander outside Dorchester church

A man was arrested Thursday in connection to last week’s Dorchester shooting that injured an innocent bystander sitting in her car.

James Martin, 22, of Boston, was charged with assault with intent to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to Boston police.

Just after 6:30 p.m. on May 13, a 52-year-old woman was sitting in her car after leaving the Freedom in Christ Ministry when she was grazed by a stray bullet. She was treated at Boston Medical Center for a non life-threatening injury and later released, police said.

During an investigation, police said they reviewed surveillance footage of the incident and identified Martin as the person responsible for the shooting. At about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, police said they observed Martin near Adams and Gibson streets. According to police, when officers approached, Martin fled on foot, before being apprehended.

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“Firstly, I want to extend my well wishes to the victim in this case as she continues to heal and recover from her injuries,” Commissioner William Evans said in a statement. “Secondly, I want to commend my officers for the dogged determination that led to today’s arrest. The suspect in this case showed an utter and complete disregard for the safety of others and, without question, our city’s a safer place with him off the streets.”

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