Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The basketball courts at Donnelly Field in Cambridge’s Wellington-Harrington neighborhood was the scene of gunfire Thursday.

A suspect in a Thursday double shooting at Donnelly Field in Cambridge has been taken into custody and charged, police said Tuesday.

A community safety meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony’s Parish, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., a couple of blocks east from the field in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood. “This is an opportunity for the Cambridge police to share what we can with the community, for residents to ask questions and share concerns and for everyone to come together to determine what steps must be taken to decrease opportunities for violence in our city,” officials said in a Tuesday email.

The arrest was of Yonayvi Cruceta, 23, of Cambridge, who was treated for injuries and later identified by police detectives as being involved in the shooting. 

Cruceta faced charges in Cambridge District Court that include: assault and battery attempt with a firearm; carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds; firearm discharge within 500 feet of a building; and carrying a loaded firearm without a license.

“Police do not believe this incident was random,” the police email said.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the defendant was at the basketball court when he was approached by several people; a brief interaction led to an exchange of gunfire, and during it he shot and was shot by one of those people. A 22-year-old woman, also a Cambridge resident, was on the basketball courts when police arrived at around 9:40 p.m. She had a wound believed to be from a stray bullet, police said.

The shooting victims were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. There were no other injuries reported.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call (617) 349-3300 or make contact anonymously. Home surveillance or dashcam video is especially welcome, police said.