Mattapoisett man arrested after New Bedford shooting

Nov 27, 2020

NEW BEDFORD — One man was shot and critically injured, another is dead and New Bedford Police arrested a Mattapoisett man after a shooting took place on Lafrance Street at around 10:21 a.m. on Nov. 27.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, officers arrived on the scene and located Angel Cruz, 40, one of two victims, and rushed him to St. Luke's Hospital. He was later pronounced dead. 

A second victim who police did not identify was able to get into a car and attempted to drive to the hospital, but crashed near Linden and County streets. The 32-year-old New Bedford man was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital before being transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he is reported to be in critical condition.

About 45 minutes after the shooting, police said that officers found a man matching the shooter's description near the corner of Penniman and Reynolds streets. When officers approached Jon Zell, 18, of Mattapoisett, police said he began firing a handgun at them and continued firing all the bullets. After Zell stopped, police were able to subdue him and take him into custody.

Police said no officers were injured and none of the officers returned fire on the suspect.

Zell is being charged at this time with multiple counts of armed assault with intent to murder. The District Attorney’s office said he will be held in jail through the weekend and arraigned on Monday morning in New Bedford District Court.