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Cambridge police arrest man in connection with double shooting at Donnelly Field

Cambridge police have arrested a suspect in connection with the double shooting that occurred in the area of ​​Donnelly Field last week.

Yonayvi Cruceta, 23, of Cambridge, was arrested after detectives linked him to the shooting that occurred on Thursday, May 23, according to a news release from the Cambridge Police Department on Tuesday.

Cruceta, one of two people shot in the incident, is charged in Cambridge District Court with assault and attempted battery with a firearm, carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, discharging a firearm within 150 meters of a building, carrying a loaded firearm without a permit, and carrying a firearm without a permit.

That Thursday at 9:39 p.m., Cambridge Police responded to reports of multiple gunshots at Donnelly Field, located at 91 Berkshire St., the news release said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that several people approached Cruceta on the basketball courts. After a brief interaction, gunfire ensued.

During the altercation, Cruceta allegedly fired a firearm and was also shot by one of the approaching individuals.

Police also found a 22-year-old woman on the basketball courts suffering from a gunshot wound, the release said. Police believe it was a stray bullet fired by one of the unknown parties.

Paramedics transported both people to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Cambridge police stated that they believe this was an isolated event.

The investigation is ongoing and Cambridge Police are urging anyone with information about the incident, including home surveillance or dashcam video, to contact the Criminal Investigations Unit anonymously via the tip line at 617-349-9151 or online at cambridgepolice.org/TIPS .

Cambridge Police will hold a public safety meeting for the community on Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at St. Anthony’s Parish, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., in Cambridge. Police will share what they can with the community and listen to residents’ questions and concerns.

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