Wednesday, June 12, 2024

A victimless gunfire incident took place Aug. 27 by Putnam Gardens housing in the Riverside neighborhood. (Image: Google)

A suspect has been arrested on charges linked to an August gunfire incident in the Riverside neighborhood.

Curtis Preston, 32, Everett, was arrested Tuesday in Boston by Cambridge police, state police and the U.S. Marshals Service on a warrant asked for by Cambridge after an investigation into the incident. 

Two shots were fired at 12:33 a.m. Aug. 27 at Magee Street and Putnam Gardens, according to a technology called ShotSpotter that police use to listen for gunfire. Officers found two shell casings on a sidewalk on Magee Street the next day after what police described as an extensive search.

“Police were able to determine quickly that this was not a random act of violence and identified Preston as the suspect associated with the shooting. An arrest warrant was sought and granted, and Preston was found and arrested in Boston,” said Jeremy Warnick, director of communications and media relations for Cambridge police, in a Tuesday email.

It was the ninth of 11 gunfire incidents this year, and among the 10 that have been victimless. Three of the past five gunshot-related incidents in Cambridge have resulted in arrests, including two of the past three incidents, Warnick said,

“Gun violence can be complex and challenging to investigate, but I have been so proud of the relentless efforts exhibited by our officers,” police commissioner Christine Elow said. “We have been incredibly focused and committed to resolving these incidents, and will do everything we can to support the city in servicing our young people to prevent future violence.”