Santano Dessin, 33, of Somerville, was arraigned in Somerville District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. Somerville District Court Judge Maurice Flynn ordered the defendant held pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Friday, November 16 at 9 a.m.
“We allege that this defendant had an argument with the victim outside of the defendant’s home in Somerville, which resulted in this near-fatal shooting,” District Attorney Leone said. “This is an extreme example of using violence to recklessly settle a confrontation.”
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on November 11, Somerville police were called to 196 Broadway for report of a shooting. A 28-year-old male victim was found evidencing a gunshot wound to the neck. He was transported to Mass General Hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition.
It is alleged that the defendant had a verbal argument with the victim. The defendant then allegedly shot the victim.
Authorities launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the shooting and the investigation remains ongoing. It does not appear to be a random attack.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Somerville Police are investigating.
The case was arraigned by Assistant District Attorney Lila Palmer. The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Chris Tarrant. The Victim Witness Advocates are Susie Marshall and Nadia Guevara.