Police: Woman Fatally Shot Was Not Intended Target

The victim has been identified as Ashlee Berryman, 21, of Malden, Massachusetts

A 21-year-old woman who was fatally shot at a restaurant early Thursday morning was not the intended target, police in Everett, Massachusetts, said.

The incident happened at the Braza Grill and Restaurant at 158 School St. around 1 a.m.

Police identified the victim as Ashlee Berryman of Malden. She was taken to Whidden Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The Middlesex DA's Office as well as Mass. State Police are investigating.

There is no word on a suspect.

Mayor Carlo DeMaria released the following statement: "I am deeply saddened by the fatal shooting of a young woman that took place last night in our City. It is troubling to think that someone would disrupt our community by callously taking the life of another.

On behalf of the City of Everett, I am offering my sincere condolences to the family of the deceased. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they are faced with this cruel reality.

While this is in active investigation, the Everett Police Department and I would like to reiterate our strong opposition to crime in Everett. The Everett police force is comprised of over 100 well-qualified officers and they are pursuing this case diligently. The police do not believe that this was a random act of violence and are working with the district attorney to secure the perpetrator.

I encourage the Licensing Board to investigate this incident and fully review the premises of the homicide, which took place outside of Braza Bar and Grille."

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