A Boston man is being held without bail after he was arraigned Friday for allegedly shooting and killing a man in front of a Roxbury restaurant last month, according to Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden’s office.
Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Stephen Freeman, 33, of Boston, was arrested in the area of Shawmut Avenue and Hammond Street on a warrant for the murder of Terrell Banks, the Boston Police Department said in a statement.
Freeman was arraigned on murder and multiple firearms charges in Boston Municipal Court in Roxbury Friday, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Not guilty pleas were entered on Freeman’s behalf to all charges, court records show. He is due back in court on April 20 for a probable cause hearing.
Freeman was arrested nearly one month after the fatal shooting.
On Feb. 18, around 11:34 p.m., police responded to a ShotSpotter activation at 958 Tremont St., authorities said. Officers located two men suffering from gunshot wounds at the scene, police said. Both men were hospitalized and Banks, 37, later died from his injuries, according to police.
Freeman allegedly shot Banks in the back as he stood in front of Slade’s Bar and Grill and then fled on foot, prosecutors said. Investigators were able to obtain surveillance video which captured the shooting and the distinctive clothing worn by the suspect.
The video also showed the alleged shooter running away. On Feb. 19, investigators walked the path which Freeman allegedly took when he fled the scene and recovered a sweatshirt, a t-shirt, a mask and a gun.
Freeman was seen on the surveillance video inside Slade’s wearing a t-shirt and sweatshirt identical to the ones recovered, prosecutors said. The recovered sweatshirt also appeared to be the same as the sweatshirt worn by the shooter, and the gun proved a ballistic match to a shell casing found at the scene, Hayden’s office said.
“Once again we’re dealing with the deadly outcomes of too many illegal guns flowing into our neighborhoods and too many people willing to buy them, carry them and use them,” Hayden said. “We’re doing everything we can at the local level but we need full commitment from national leaders to fashion a truly effective approach.”
The shooting remains under investigation, police said, and anyone with information should contact homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470.