Boston Municipal Court Judge Thomas C. Horgan ordered Kareem Smith, 29, of Malden, held on $1 million cash bail Monday, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office. Smith faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, carrying a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and four counts of both armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Authorities say Smith opened fire about 3 a.m. Sunday near Essex and Edinboro streets in Chinatown, apparently hitting four men. One was hit in the chest, one in the buttocks, one in the leg, and one in the stomach. The men, ages 22, 24, 25, and 27, suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Police said they arrested Smith soon after and seized two guns.
Smith’s lawyer, Arnold Cohen, said police are relying on shaky eyewitness testimony. He said Smith and his girlfriend told him three of the men who were shot are actually Smith’s friends.
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