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NEW BEDFORD

Suspect returned to scene, police say

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Police said a New Bedford man changed his clothes before he returned to the scene of a shooting near Tinkham and Church streets Tuesday, but he apparently did not remove a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun from his waistband first. New Bedford detectives arrested Okee Rodriquez, 22, on a charge of illegal gun possession and other gun-related charges, after witnesses pointed him out as the person who fired several times into a speeding white car, police said. Police said it was not known if Rodriquez hit the white car, but they did find seven spent shell casings from a .45-caliber handgun near a car parked in the area. No injuries were reported. Rodriquez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in New Bedford District Court, prosecutors said.

Todd Feathers can be reached at todd.feathers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ToddFeathers.
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