$500,000 bail set; Suspect arraigned in Fitchburg shootings.


Byline: Mary Jo Hill

The following correction was published Aug. 3, 2007:

FITCHBURG - The man charged in connection with a double shooting the night of July 25 in Fitchburg was arrested Monday night at Main and Allen streets in Worcester. Because of incorrect information supplied by police, earlier accounts this week in the Telegram & Gazette said 19-year-old Kevin Gomez of Fitchburg was arrested at Great Brook Valley in Worcester.


FITCHBURG - Cash bail was set at $500,000 yesterday for Kevin Gomez, who is accused of shooting two people July 25, right down the street from the police station.

Mr. Gomez, 19, whose last known address is 1301 Main St., was arrested Monday at Great Brook Valley (SEE CORRECTION) in Worcester, police have said.

He was arraigned yesterday in Fitchburg District Court on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; two counts of assault with intent to murder while armed; and carrying a firearm without a license.

He is scheduled to return to court Aug. 29.

The two shooting victims were Melvin Cabrera, 21, and Elizabeth A. Crete, 21, both of 46 Prichard St., police have said.

Ms. Crete, who is four months pregnant, was at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester Monday night, but yesterday a hospital spokeswoman said no information could be released about her.

Mr. Cabrera has been released from the hospital.

Adalgisa Olivo, Mr. Cabrera's mother, said yesterday that she was relieved to know that the person who allegedly shot her son and his girlfriend was captured.

She added that, for his protection, her son is not staying in the area since his release from the hospital.

However, with two young daughters living with her at her Meadowbrook apartment, she said she still does not feel safe.

"He was trying to kill him," Ms. Olivo said of the ambush-style attack - the shooter riddled the area with 9 mm bullets after luring the pair to a parking lot by setting off Mr. Cabrera's car alarm.

Ms. Olivo said at least four children were in the house, including Ms. Crete's 2-year-old son, during the time of the shooting.

The shooting occurred within sight of the police station.

"What can I do? I am worried all the time. There is no safety when a pregnant woman can be shot like that," she said. "No one here sleeps through the night."

Ms. Olivo said she could only speculate as to why anyone would want to kill her son. She said Mr. Cabrera, who has a year-old daughter, may be...

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