For Immediate Release - March 08, 2016

Man Arraigned for Murder in Lawrence Shooting

Victor Laboy, 42, was arraigned today in Lawrence District Court for first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Jose Colon, 23, early Saturday morning.  Judge Kevin J. Gaffney ordered him held without bail.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Kim Faitella told the court that Lawrence Police responded to a report of shots fired at 2:36 Saturday morning outside of Samm’s Market at 389 Broadway.  The people gathered in that area told police that they were unaware of any shots fired.  As police were investigating, they received word from Lawrence General Hospital that an individual had arrived suffering from gunshot wounds related to the incident reported at Samm’s Market. 

Lawrence Police Officers responded to Lawrence General and, upon arrival, observed a blue BMW being driven by an individual later identified as the defendant.  Police also observed hospital personnel assisting a man who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.  Police also learned that hospital personnel had a removed a man, later identified as Jose Colon, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds from a yellow Acura.  Mr. Colon was pronounced dead a short time later.

During the course of the investigation, police obtained evidence that linked the defendant to the scene and identified him as the shooter.

“I commend the hard work and collaborative effort of the Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to my office, the Lawrence Police, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the K9 Units of the Massachusetts State Police and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.  “Thanks to their good work, the suspect was located and brought into custody without any further threat to the public’s safety.”

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the victim. In what is the first homicide in seven months for our city, we thank the Lawrence Police Department and Massachusetts State police’s effort in bringing this criminal to justice.” Mayor Daniel Rivera said, “The community should know that whenever there is violence of this nature in our city, this administration, Chief Fitzpatrick and the Lawrence Police department will leave no stone unturned in bringing justice to the victims and peace to our streets.”

“The joint effort of Lawrence Police Department’s Emergency Response Team led by Lt. Fleming and the VFAS team resulted is a safe apprehension of a potentially armed suspect,” Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said.

The defendant is represented by Attorney Tom Torrissi and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  He will return to court on April 6th for a Probable Cause Hearing.

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