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Suspect in fatal shooting at Braintree mall held without bail

The suspect in a fatal shooting at a Massachusetts shopping mall last month was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on Wednesday.

Julius Hammond-Desir, 19, faces a murder charge in the Jan. 22 shooting of Dijoun Beasley at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. He pleaded not guilty.

The victim was in a store with his girlfriend who was pushing a 3-year-old child in stroller when the suspect got off an elevator and the two exchanged words, the prosecutor said, describing what was seen on surveillance video.

Hammond-Desir lifted his shirt to show a gun and shot Beasley in the head as he walked to the store exit, the prosecutor said. The suspect then ran off.

The suspect's attorney told the judge that he just met his client and asked that bail be set without prejudice, meaning he could seek bail at a future date. He noted that Hammond-Desir had no criminal record and there was some indication that the victim was armed.

Hammond-Desir was caught in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, after nearly a month on the run, police said.

Mall owner Simon Property Group has promised to strengthen security at the mall, which has been the site of several violent incidents in recent years.

Gang members exchanged gunfire inside a department store at the mall in 2017, and in 2020, a 15-year-old girl described as an innocent bystander was hit twice during a shooting.

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