Everett Man Arrested in Elmwood Street Murder:Was Second Shooting Incident in 24-hour Period

January 22, 2015
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At the scene of the crime early Saturday morning on Elmwood Street. Police responded to the dead end street for a disturbance and found a man laid out in the street with gunshot wounds to the head.

At the scene of the crime early Saturday morning on Elmwood Street. Police responded to the dead end street for a disturbance
and found a man laid out in the street with gunshot wounds to the head.

Everett Police moved quickly to make an arrest of an Everett man charged with murdering a Cape Cod man on Elmwood Street early Saturday morning, Jan. 17.

The murder was the second shooting incident to transpire in the area over a 24-hour period.

Around 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to a disturbance at 2 Elmwood St. Instead of a disturbance, they found a man sprawled out in the street with gunshot wounds to his head.

He was later identified as Magno Sosa, 32, of Nantucket.

Early Sunday morning, around 4:30 a.m., police arrested Rigoberto Escobar, 26, of Everett. He was expected to be arraigned on Tuesday at some point in Malden District Court.

“While this is still an active investigation,” said District Attorney Marian Ryan, “we are confident that the person responsible for this violent death is in custody. Investigators will continue to evaluate evidence gathered at the scene and seek information from individuals who may have known the victim in order to determine what may have led up to the shooting yesterday morning.”

Everett Police Chief Steven Mazzie added, “I am extremely proud of the investigators from the Everett Police Department and Massachusetts State Police who followed the early leads that resulted in an arrest in this case.”

While police don’t believe the second gunplay incident is related, they did confirm that on Friday morning, around 1:16 a.m., the new ShotSpotter System detected gunshots near 80 Main St.

Police didn’t find any blood or any person at the scene, but they did recover seven shell casings there. No victims turned up at any of the hospitals either.

Resident Michael McLaughlin – a former city councillor – said that in addition to the two incident referred to above, he had heard of another about two weeks ago on Clark and Tremont.

“That would be three incidents in two weeks, with two in 24 hours, in Ward 6,” he said. “These are done with illegal guns and that’s a real concern. That concerns me because I live near some of these. We need the residents to be the eyes and ears on our streets and to help the police get these illegal guns off the street.”