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3 Arrested at Mass. Baby Shower Brawl
07 Apr 2006
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.

Apr. 5, 2006
An argument at a baby shower escalated into a brawl in which one man was shot and the pregnant guest of honor was beaten with a stick, police said.

Three people were arrested after the fight, described by police as a "baby shower gone bad."

Authorities said the shooting victim, Aristotle Garcia, got into a fight with a man who is dating his ex-girlfriend. The argument, over whether the woman let their 5-year-old daughter drink beer, escalated and drew in two other people _ Jazz Rivas and Juan Velazquez, said Police Lt. Cheryl C. Claprood.

When the baby shower's hostess tried to intervene, Rivas began hitting some of the guests, including the 22-year-old mother-to-be, with a large stick, she said.

Velazquez fired a gun in the air, then fired it into the crowd, hitting Garcia in the stomach, according to police. Garcia, 26, was in stable condition at Baystate Medical Center. The mother-to-be, who was seven months pregnant, was treated after the incident Saturday and released.

Velazquez, 19, was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault with intent to murder. He pleaded innocent Wednesday and was ordered held on $100,000 bail.

The man Garcia was initially fighting with, Antonio Santiago, 25, pleaded innocent to similar charges Tuesday and was ordered held on $50,000 bail.

Rivas, 22, pleaded innocent to three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault and battery on a pregnant female. His bail was set at $10,000.

Submitted by Rico



  Reference URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/05/ap/strange/mainD8GQ3CF0E.shtml  

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Comments

Re: 3 Arrested at Mass. Baby Shower Brawl
08 Apr 2006
fuck you flipside. jesus this is insane. a baby shower gone bad? wow.
Re: 3 Arrested at Mass. Baby Shower Brawl
08 Apr 2006
gee when the French and Irish llived in Springfield, they didn't have this kind of fun. Shooting a pregnant woman. Cool! I wanna be Hispanic.
Re: 3 Arrested at Mass. Baby Shower Brawl
08 Apr 2006
you dumb shit. the pregnant women was only beaten not shot. and while the person who bat up a fucking pregnant woman is a douchebag, thus has nothing to do with race.
Re: 3 Arrested at Mass. Baby Shower Brawl
08 Apr 2006
why is this on IMC?
It's on Boston IMC because Boston's biggest embarassment posted it here.
08 Apr 2006
FLIPSIDE posted it under the name of puxico.
Re: 3 Arrested at Mass. Baby Shower Brawl
08 Apr 2006
This must have been the work of Haliburton.
Re: 3 Arrested at Mass. Baby Shower Brawl
09 Apr 2006
I agree; this doesn't belong on Indymedia; it's just Jerry Springeresque fearmongering.

You should read old newspaper accounts of New England mill towns when French-Canadians and Irish folks first arrived to work. Same fearmongering. Hell, read Gangs of New York. The most recent immigrants are always made out to be barbarians. When the Irish first arrived, they were villified as drunken Catholic foreigners with a senseless propensity for violence, who mourned their dead with chaotic wakes, broken bottles, knifefights, and squalling babies rolling on the floor. This is bargain basement crap.