For Immediate Release: 6/14/2017 11:19 am
Worcester, MA (June 14, 2017) – On June 14th at about 1 AM police were dispatched to the area of Merrick St for a report of gunshots. Police spoke with several witnesses, who reported hearing gunshots in the area of 325 Pleasant St. Witnesses described two males who were running right after the shots were heard. One of the males was holding an object that appeared to have a long barrel. Witnesses said that one of the males appeared to be limping as he ran, as if he had just gotten hurt. The description of the suspects was broadcast over the radio and a State Police K-9 unit was called to assist.
Shortly afterwards, two suspects matching the description given were seen on Piedmont St near Pleasant St. The suspects matched the physical description given by witnesses, and one of them was limping. One of the suspects was sixteen-years-old, and the other was Luis Ortiz, twenty-years-old of Worcester. Both suspects said that they were in an argument, someone started shooting at them, and they ran away. Officers searched the immediate area around the suspects and located a rifle, hidden outside near a Piedmont St address. Neither of the males had a license to carry, and both were placed under arrest. Shell casings and other evidence was located near the area of 325 Pleasant St. Officers were later flagged down by a passing, uninvolved motorist whose vehicle was struck by a stray bullet.
Mr. Ortiz and the juvenile were both charged with Unlawfully Carrying a Rifle, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition without an FID card, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm without an FID card, Improper Storage of a Firearm, Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling, Vandalism, and Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. They will be arraigned in Worcester District Court.