2 charged in South St. shooting

May 11, 2012
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Two men—one of them a Jamaica Plain resident—have been charged in a shooting last December on South Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office told the Gazette.

Luis Prieto, 19, of Hyde Park is charged with firing the gun that wounded a man behind 219 South St. on Dec. 11, 2011. Niko Flores, 17, of JP allegedly accompanied Prieto during the shooting.

Prieto and Flores allegedly approached five men sitting on the back porch of the South Street residence and opened fire, wounding one man in the arm and leg, according to a case summary provided to the Gazette by the DA’s Office. The Gazette is withholding the victim’s name for safety reasons at the DA’s Office’s request.

No motive for the shooting is given in the case summary. After the shooting, bullet holes were found in a car and a sign on South Street, but it is unclear if they are connected to the shooting behind the building.

Flores was arrested in a highly publicized drug bust on Dec. 22, 2011 at 209 Boylston St. in JP. He allegedly tossed two handguns and a large quantity of cocaine out of a window as police officers closed in. In an interview after that bust, Flores admitted involvement in the South Street shooting along with “his boy ‘P,’” according to the case summary.

A week later, a witness to the shooting identified Prieto as the gunman based on a photo lineup, according to the case summary.

Prieto and Flores were indicted by a grand jury earlier this year and were arraigned on March 22, according to DA’s Office spokesperson Jake Wark. They are slated to return to court on June 11.

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