20-year-old man arrested this week in connection with fatal shooting of 18-year-old Jaden Brito-White At the end of last month, he was reportedly found with a “ghost gun” not found in his car, authorities said.
Sifeddine Rogadi was arrested Tuesday on a series of charges related to the murder of Brito-White, including murder, assault with a weapon with intent to murder, assault and battery by discharging a firearm and possession of a firearm. high capacity and ammunition, Middlesex District Attorney’s office Marian Ryan said in a statement.
The district attorney’s office said Brito-White was standing outside his Bowdoin Street apartment building shortly after 7 p.m. on December 29 when two men approached and shot him.
The victim, who police found with multiple gunshot wounds, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Ryan’s office.
During their investigation, authorities were able to find surveillance video near the scene of the shooting that showed a Chevy Malibu with a distinct paint color in the area when Brito-White was shot, officials said.
Massachusetts State Police then located the vehicle as it was being driven by Rogadi. The vehicle was seized and a search warrant was obtained. Inside the Chevrolet, law enforcement discovered a loaded 9mm handgun which authorities say matches the type of gun used in the shooting, prosecutors said.
The serial number plate under the gun barrel was blank, authorities noted.
“As the serial number was missing and not erased, investigators believe the weapon may be a ‘phantom weapon’,” said the prosecutor’s office. “These guns are often made from gun parts kits, often lack identifying markings, and are designed to be untraceable.
After reviewing the evidence and surveillance video from the area of the shooting, Ryan’s office said, investigators were able to identify Rogadi as one of those involved in the shooting.
State and local police arrested Everett’s man without incident in Cambridge on Tuesday, officials said. He is due to be brought to justice in Malden District Court on Wednesday.
The investigation into the identity of the second suspect, the motive for the murder and other details surrounding the shooting is still open and ongoing.