Men charged with attempted murder

February 6, 2009
By

JOHN RUCH

JACKSON SQ.—Two men—one of them a Jamaica Plain resident—are facing attempted murder charges in a Jan. 10 shooting that left a South Boston man wounded inside the Bromley-Heath housing development.

Theodore Junior Gamble, 24, of 944 Parker St. in Bromley-Heath and Justin L. Searcy, 18, of 442 River St. in Mattapan were arrested shortly after police heard the gunshots that wounded Derick Wayne Bass, 32.

A witness reported that Gamble handed a gun to Searcy, who then opened fire on Bass and Tonya Silva at 279 Centre St. around 2 a.m., according to information the Gazette obtained from a police source.

Police reportedly found Bass inside 279 Centre, lying on his back and bleeding from the face while being held by another man. Bass was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Police reportedly also found a bullet embedded in the front door frame of 279 Centre.

A third suspect—Charles Willie Devoe, 22, of 485 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester—allegedly threw an object into a nearby Dumpster while being chased by officers after the shooting. A 9mm Springfield Armory gun al-legedly was found in the Dumpster. But Devoe was not immediately charged with anything gun-related, instead being booked on a trespassing charge.

Gamble and Searcy are charged with armed assault with intent to murder; assault and battery with a dan-gerous weapon (gun); assault with a dangerous weapon; and unlawful gun possession.

Searcy was also charged with trespassing. Gamble was already wanted on an outstanding warrant for driving without a license.

There were at least two shootings in Bromley-Heath last year, including the killing of 17-year-old Thomas Webb. Also last year, another Bromley-Heath resident was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of three children in the Academy Homes development across Columbus Avenue.