A Roxbury man pleaded not guilty to charges that he opened fire on a house party early Saturday morning where four people were injured, one critically.
At the arraignment for Anthony Sheffield, 30, on Monday in Roxbury Municipal Court, Suffolk Assistant District Attorney David Bradley said that Sheffield was seen sprinting along Blue Hill Avenue, away from the shooting on Copeland Street, wearing a black hoodie and black sweatpants. The officers who spotted him said he was carrying a black handgun, according to a police report.
The police report contained more details about what led to Sheffield’s arrest. According to the report, officers heard a gun hit the ground as they chased Sheffield. Police found a a .9mm Glock 19 nearby that contained sixteen cartridges, the report said, and Sheffield was arrested on charges of possessing a gun without a license.
According to the prosecutor, police took thermal images of the gun and a forensic analysis of the gun was completed the next day even though the gun had been jammed. According to the prosecutor, a ballistic match was made between the handgun and cartridges found at the crime scene. Bradley said that additional ballistic evidence at the scene suggests there may have been more than one shooter.
Sheffield pleaded not guilty to three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and one count each of unlawful gun possession and an armed career criminal.
Sheffield was convicted of distribution of a Class B drug in 2015; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 2013; and assault with a deadly weapon in 2010, according to a spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney’s office.
Despite his criminal history, his lawyer, Artemisa Monteiro, asked the judge for $15,000 bail, because he has showed up to court in previous cases after posting bail.
“Although he has a list of prior charges, some quite severe, he has come to court every time,’’ said Monteiro. “There is no reason that this time would be any different.’’
The judge set bail at $250,000. Sheffield is scheduled to return to court on July 11.
The shooting at the Roxbury party took place on a violent night in the city in which two other men were also wounded in separate shootings.Jerome Campbell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.