Thursday, July 18, 2024

Somerville’s Santano Dessin, 33, was charged in a shooting Tuesday morning and held without bail until a dangerousness hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

He was arraigned today in connection with a late Sunday shooting that left a 28-year-old victim with life-threatening injuries, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said after a hearing with Somerville District Court Judge Maurice Flynn.

Dessin was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

“This is an extreme example of using violence to recklessly settle a confrontation,” Leone said of the incident, which took place around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at 196 Broadway, where Dessin is said to be staying with family.

The Dessins own the building and live on the second floor, and Santano Dessin shot a downstairs tenant after a confrontation over the tenants’ party, wrote Auditi Guha in The Somerville Journal. Dessin’s family says the shooting was in self-defense.

The 28-year-old man had a gunshot wound to the neck, according to early reports. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition. He was still in critical condition Tuesday afternoon, said Stephanie Chelf Guyotte of the District Attorney’s Office.