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Police arrest man, search for another in connection to Fall River shooting


Pictured are mugshots of Nestly Lewis (left) and Gilberto Velazquez-Arce (right). (Fall River Police Department)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — Fall River police said Wednesday they arrested a man in connection to a shooting that happened earlier this month and are still searching for another.

Police identified the men as 24-year-old Gilberto Velazquez-Arce and 27-year-old Nestly Lewis.

Sgt. Moses Pereira said that just before 3 p.m. on Nov. 3, officers responded to America Street after receiving reports of shots being fired in the area.

Police were advised that there was a man on the ground bleeding from the stomach, Pereira said.

Police found the victim with gunshot wounds to his stomach and arm. He was later taken to Rhode Island Hospital.

Pereira said they found spent shell casings and blood at the scene. They later learned that the victim had been arguing with two men on America Street.

After the argument became physical with one man, the other shot the victim, said Pereira.

Velazquez-Arce was arrested almost three weeks later. He was charged with:

  • Carrying a firearm without a license
  • Accessory after the fact (assault and battery with a firearm)
  • Carrying a loaded firearm in public without a license to carry
  • Discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling

While Lewis has yet to be arrested, he will face the following charges:

  • Assault and battery by discharging a firearm
  • Carrying a firearm without a license
  • Carrying a loaded firearm in public without a license to carry
  • Discharging a firearm within 500 ft. of a dwelling

Anyone with information on Lewis’ whereabouts should call the Fall River Police Department at 508-672-8477.





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