Thursday, November 30, 2023

An indictment has been made in the Nov. 11 shooting taking place at this home in Somerville. (Photo: Google)

There is an indictment in the Nov. 11 Somerville shooting that left a victim with a life-threatening wound to the neck, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said Friday. More than a month later, officials say the victim of the shooting remains in serious condition with a bullet lodged in his neck.

Santano Dessin, 33, of Somerville, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of armed assault to murder, mayhem, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Dessin is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 7 in Middlesex Superior Court.

The incident crime took place shortly before 11:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Somerville police said,  at 196 Broadway – a building Dessin’s family owns. They live on the second floor,.

Dessin shot a 28-year-old male 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 victim was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty, Leone said.

The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Chris Tarrant.