UPDATE & PHOTOS: On Wednesday, October 17, at about 8:30 a.m. Wareham Police Detectives and the South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC) Dive Unit investigated the water underneath the Point Independence Bridge for evidence. Detectives developed information that the firearm used in the Sunday night shooting incident on West Boulevard was thrown from the bridge by the suspect as he fled the area. As a result, the SEMLEC Dive Unit was summoned and shortly after their arrival the gun was located. The gun was found to be loaded and was taken into evidence by Wareham Police detectives.
WAREHAM – Officers rushed to the scene after a report of a shooting in the street.
This past Sunday at about 10:15 pm, officers began arriving in the area of West Boulevard where they learned there had been a fight involving several individuals…
… and it was at that scene they also learned a young man had fired a gun from a dark colored vehicle before fleeing.
The shooting was the result of an argument with a local resident and thankfully nobody was struck by the gunfire.
A spent cartridge was located near the corner of Eighth Street and West Boulevard and collected as evidence.
Detectives were able to identify an alleged shooter.
Wareham and Middleboro police officers went to the suspect’s home.
Upon further investigation, Zachary Blondheim, age 21, of Middleboro was placed under arrest and transported back to Wareham Police Headquarters where he was held on $10,000 cash bail.
Blondheim was scheduled to be arraigned in Wareham District Court earlier today – Monday morning.
Blondheim was charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Carrying a Loaded Firearm Without a License, and Possession of Ammunition Without an FID Card.
In a press statement, acting Police Chief John Walcek praised his officers for quickly getting things rolling in this caper, saying, “As the result of good police work, the suspected shooter was identified and placed in custody less than 2 hours of the initial incident.”
Chief Walcek also added that “while the primary suspect was arrested, this remains an active and open investigation.”
* All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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