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Worcester man indicted in May shooting

June 28, 2016

WORCESTER - A grand jury has returned indictments against a 19-year-old city man in connection with a May 3 shooting on Merrick Street.

Xavier Grajales of 168 Beacon St. was indicted Friday on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (firearm), four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony, carrying a firearm without a license as a career criminal, carrying a loaded firearm without a license and unlawful possession of ammunition as a career criminal.

The charges stem from a shooting about 11:30 p.m. May 3 at Merrick and Pleasant streets. Prosecutors said police went to the location after the Shotspotter system detected that several rounds had been fired in the area. Police said they recovered seven shell casings at the scene.

Investigators learned that a fight involving females had been planned on the night of the shooting. Two groups, one consisting of two females and at least two males and the other made up of all males, stood across the street from each other and words were exchanged, according to a statement of facts filed in court by police.

At some point, a male later identified as Mr. Grajales walked across the street with his hands in his pockets, then brandished a firearm and fired at least seven rounds, police were told

 A male victim, identified in the indictments as Gregucci Poitevien, was shot in the leg and a motor vehicle was also hit by gunfire, according to police accounts. The shooting victim was hospitalized for several days with an injury that was not life-threatening, investigators said.

 Mr. Grajales was identified as the shooter from a photo array, according to police.

 Mr. Grajales was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail when his case was pending in Central District Court. The case will be moved to Worcester Superior Court as a result of Friday's indictments.

 Mr. Grajales was arrested May 6 on a warrant in Woonsocket, R.I., after members of the Worcester Police Department gang unit developed information that he was staying there.

 As a result of his arrest in connection with the May 3 shooting, his bail was revoked on pending assault charges in Central District Court and he was ordered held without bail on the earlier charges.

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