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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Malden, Mass.) - “Nothing, I couldn’t do nothing because he was going to collapse,” said one witness.
Witnesses to a shooting in the middle of the morning on a busy Malden, Mass. street were shaken up after witnessing the teen shot in the back, gasping for air.
“I don’t know how the kid’s doing, all I know is he’s in critical condition, he’s somebody’s son,” said the victim’s friend.
The victim’s friends say he was shot while riding his bike in this parking lot, then stumbled up Warren Avenue where EMS eventually loaded him into an ambulance and rushed him to Mass General Hospital.
Two blocks away on Wyeth Street, police were quick to zero in on the apartments in this home, escorting people out and patting them down before eventually arresting 17-year-old Tyrell Berberena, Jr. of Malden.
Berberena is being charged with attempted murder and possession of a high capacity firearm.
“At this point I know that a suspect has been apprehended, the area has been secured and the temporary lockdown at the nearby schools was lifted and now the police are continuing on with their investigation,” said Mayor Gary Christenson.
Part of that investigation included interviewing the 21-year-old man who was with the victim when the shots were fired.
The man’s mother didn’t want to go on camera but said her son and his friend were targeted.
“He’s shook up, he’s scared,” said his mother, “I’m mad because somebody is going to come after my son, of course I’m pissed.”
The Middlesex District Attorney's office says the victim and suspect knew each other and had planned to meet each other in the area of the shooting.
They say the shooting was not random.
As of this afternoon, the DA's office said the victim was being treated in the hospital and is still alive.