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Norfolk DA names fugitive suspect in fatal shooting at South Shore Plaza

Julius Dyamond Hammond-Desir (pictured) is being sought in connection with a fatal shooting at South Shore Plaza in Braintree last Saturday, according a statement by Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.Braintree Police Department

Authorities Friday identified the teenager suspected of fatally shooting 26-year-old Dijoun Beasley last weekend inside Braintree’s South Shore Plaza, as an Attleboro woman was arraigned on an accessory charge in connection with the slaying.

Julius Dyamond Hammond-Desir, 19, of Maynard, remains at large. He is charged with murder and gun violations, officials said.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey and Braintree Police Chief Mark Dubois said Hammond-Desir may have changed his appearance since the shooting. Authorities released a photo of Hammond-Desir, who is 5-foot-5 with a medium build.

“The allegations are that Mr. Hammond-Desir shot an unarmed man to death at close range, so we urge you not to approach him but to call 911 if you see him,” the officials said in a statement.

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Meanwhile, Samantha Schwartz, 27, of Attleboro, was arraigned in Quincy District Court on a charge of accessory after the fact of Beasley’s killing.

Samantha Schwartz of Attleboro was arraigned Friday on an accessory charge stemming from the fatal shooting last weekend of Dijoun Beasley at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree.CBS Boston

She pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $20,000 cash bail. Prosecutors said that Schwartz had a history of missing court dates and did not return home for five days after the shooting.

At the scene of the shooting last week, Braintree Police Deputy Chief Timothy Cohoon said the shooting appeared to be targeted. “It doesn’t appear to be random at all,” he said. “At this time, we don’t believe there’s any further danger to the surrounding neighborhoods.”

Authorities say Hammond-Desir pulled out a gun and shot Beasley during an encounter and fled the scene.

“The suspect who fired the shot, as best we can tell, immediately left the mall,” Cohoon said at the time. “The mall did go into lockdown. We had officers on scene very quickly.”

Beasley was taken to a Boston hospital and was later pronounced dead.

In a video posted to social media, shoppers could be seen running for the mall’s exits. As they evacuated, several officers armed with long guns rushed into the building.

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Last weekend’s shooting came just a few weeks after a 22-year-old Boston man received an eight-year prison sentence for opening fire in the mall in July 2020. That shooting wounded a 15-year-old girl, who was a bystander, prosecutors said.

Jose Rodriguez pleaded guilty Jan. 3 in Norfolk Superior Court to several charges, including armed assault with intent to murder, authorities said.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.