Massachusetts authorities seek man wanted in connection with double murder

NEW BEDFORD (WHDH) - The Bristol County District Attorney’s office announced Friday that state and local police are searching for a man wanted in connection with a double murder that took place early Tuesday morning in New Bedford.

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An arrest warrant has been issued for Carmelo Kercado Jr., 35. Authorities say he’s wanted on charges of two counts of murder, carrying an illegal firearm, carrying a loaded illegal firearm, and discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

Kercado is accused of fatally shooting Stephen Bodden, 27, of New Bedford and Taunton, and Fabio Tavares, 28, of New Bedford, while the three of them drove in a vehicle along Central Avenue Tuesday morning around 1:30 a.m.

Kercado is said to be armed and dangerous. The public is asked to not approach or attempt to subdue him in anyway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.



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