Gang feud shooting suspect arrested in JP

March 15, 2013
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JACKSON SQ.—A Braintree man arrested in Jamaica Plain on March 8 is charged with two recent shootings that prosecutors claim was triggered by an infamous feud between JP and Roxbury street gangs.

Paul Walrond, 22, faces many serious charges, including two counts of assault with intent to murder and unlawful gun possession. He was held on $75,000 bail after his arraignment this week, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Walrond is accused of two shootings on Roxbury’s Holworthy Street—one on March 7 that failed to hit its intended 18-year-old victim, and another on March 8 that wounded an unidentified 22-year-old man. That victim is expected to survive, according to the DA’s Office.

Holworthy Street is the turf of Roxbury’s H-Block gang, which has a violent ongoing feud with JP’s Heath Street gang. So infamous is the gang war that police began searching Jackson Square for a black Cadillac reported at the scene of both shootings, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said in a press release.

“This arrest was the direct result of Boston Police officers who know their city,” Conley said. “They weren’t at the scene of the shooting, but they knew where the assailant was likely to turn up.”

Boston Police officers allegedly spotted Walrond in a black Cadillac driving from Heath Street onto Parker Street shortly after the March 8 shooting. They stopped him in a Parker Street parking lot and allegedly found a stolen .357-caliber Magnum revolver in the vehicle. The gun reportedly contained three live rounds and three fired shell casings.

From press materials.