Three men have been arraigned in connection with the shooting death of 38-year-old Maurice Scott in South Boston on Saturday night.
At around 8:30 p.m., Police found Scott outside 425 Old Colony Ave. bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds near his girlfriend’s bullet-ridden Mercedes, according to the Boston Globe. He was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.
Witnesses reportedly helped police identify the suspects and the car they were driving in, and police arrested the three men shortly after the shooting. Dewayne Diggs, 23, and 22-year-old Dondre Snow, of Dorchester, along with 20-year-old Daquan Peters of Roxbury were arrested in Dorchester in a vacant lot near Elm Street.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office:
Witnesses told investigators that a heavy-set male in dark clothing – later identified as Diggs – fired on the victim, Hallal said. Diggs then entered the passenger side of a vehicle that fled the area; a witness was able to provide police with a partial license plate number for the vehicle and its direction of flight.
A short time later, a different witness contacted Boston Police to report a vehicle operating at a high rate of speed in the area of Ashland and Elm streets in Dorchester before stopping in a vacant lot, where three men in the vehicle appeared to change their clothing, prosecutors said. Officers quickly arrived at the location and discovered that the 2016 Nissan Altima’s license plate matched the partial plate number of the vehicle used in Scott’s homicide. The three men inside – driver Snow, front seat passenger Diggs, and rear seat passenger Peters – were removed from the car.
Investigators searching the area recovered a .40 caliber firearm the lot near the car. Using a thermal imaging device, they observed the firearm to have a heat signature significantly higher than its surroundings, indicating it had recently been held by a person. Initial ballistics testing indicated that nine shell casings found at the scene of the fatal shooting were fired from the recovered gun, prosecutors said.
Two of the suspects, Diggs and Snow, were wearing electronic monitoring devices that placed them at the scene of the shooting, prosecutors said. Both men were charged with Scott’s murder and a judge ordered them held without bail. According to the Globe, Diggs has a criminal record that dates back to 2004. UniversalHub documents Snow’s lengthy record.
Peters has been charged with gun and drug charges and was held on $100,000 bail. Peters allegedly had 19 baggies of crack cocaine in his possession at the time of the arrest.
No motive was given for the shooting, but Scott’s brother told the Boston Globe that Scott and Diggs knew each other.
Scott’s brother told the Boston Herald that Scott was a construction worker and was the father of three children. He grew up in Mattapan.
They will return to court on Jan. 4, 2016.