Friday, July 19, 2024

Donnelly Field in Cambridge’s Wellington-Harrington neighborhood on May 31. (Photo: Marc Levy)

A second suspect has been charged in connection with the May 23 double shooting at Donnelly Field in Cambridge, officials announced Thursday. The news came just hours before a second community safety meeting resulting from the incident is to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cambridge Street Upper School, 850 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington.

Machyus Battle, 19, of Cambridge, was arrested and charged Monday in Cambridge District Court in connection with the basketball court gunfire, said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Cambridge police commissioner Christine Elow..

The exchange of gunfire came during a night basketball game at the court behind the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper schools and Valente branch library.

The shootings resulted in two non-life-threatening injuries and one arrest – of a 23-year-old Cambridge resident, Yonayvi Cruceta, who was first treated for his own wounds, then charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license and other crimes. 

The incident was not considered to be gang-related, police superintendent Frederick Cabral said at a community meeting May 31, but just the result of “a dispute.”

Battle faces several gun-related charges: attempted assault and battery by discharge of a firearm, assault and battery by discharge of a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds and possession of ammunition without a Firearms Identification Card.

He was held after his arraignment on in Cambridge District Court pending a dangerousness hearing that was to be held Thursday, police said.

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.