The man arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Mission Hill last December has been held without bail.
Tsunami Ortiz, 17, was arraigned Monday, shortly after police arrested him. He is charged with murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old D’Andre King-Settles on Dec. 18 near 60 Annunciation Rd. in Mission Hill. Witnesses at the time described hearing shots, then seeing multiple people standing near King-Settles’ body before running away, and hearing more shots.
Ortiz was also charged with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder after allegedly firing at two of King-Settles friends, who survived, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon because one of the friends was grazed by a bullet. He is also charged with firearms-related offenses.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office:
Footage from a surveillance camera inside the building shows Ortiz and another man enter the building, leave, and return a short time before the victims arrive. The footage shows the victims leave the building, followed by Ortiz and the second man a short time later.
Ham said the footage was of sufficient quality to identify Ortiz, and that cell tower data linked to his cell phone is consistent with his presence in the area of the shooting at the time it occurred.
Police arrested Ortiz over the weekend in Randolph, according to the Boston Globe. A second man who is named in the police report has not been arrested, according to the Globe.
Assistant District Attorney Catherine Ham also said the same video footage shows Ortiz holding a cellphone just before shots were fired, possibly in an attempt to record the murder as it happened, according to the Globe.
Dozens of King-Settles’ relatives and friends were at the arraignment. His grandmother said he had been walking his younger two siblings home from the bus stop just minutes before he was shot.
No motive for the killing has been revealed. Anyone with more information about this case is asked to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470. Anonymous tips can be made by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).
Ortiz will return to court March 28.