Police nab suspect in Mother’s Day shooting of pregnant woman in Dorchester

A Dorchester man is being held on $100,000 bail for a shooting in the neighborhood on Mother’s Day that sent a pregnant woman to a city hospital for treatment for a back injury, officials said.

Rumel Santana, 20, was arraigned Thursday in Dorchester District Court on multiple gun-related charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said. A not guilty plea was entered on Santana’s behalf.

His lawyer declined to comment.


Santana allegedly fired into a car occupied by a 28-year-old woman, who is eight months pregnant, on Sunday just before 1:20 p.m. on Downer Avenue, law enforcement officials said.

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“There was every possibility of serious harm to the woman and her unborn child, but the bullet didn’t exit the seat or enter the victim’s body and she was transported to Boston Medical Center for pain and swelling to her back,” said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Conley, in an e-mail.

Boston police said Youth Violence Strike Force officers along with State and Framingham police apprehended Santana without incident on Wednesday afternoon.

Santana is scheduled to return to court on June 14.

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