The Everett Police Department and investigators from the State Police assigned to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office are continuing their search for the gunman who shot and killed a 21-year old Malden woman, outside of an Everett eatery late last week.
Ashlee Berryman was reportedly shot just before 1 a.m. last Thursday morning, August 13.
According to Everett police reports, a patrolman on duty near Broadway heard gunshots at about 12:46 a.m. When he arrived at the scene, in a parking lot beside Braza Bar & Grill, he found Berryman suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to Whidden Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead there a short time later.
Police investigating the case have said that they believe Berryman was an “unintended target” in the incident, as several witnesses described seeing a group of people arguing when up to eight gunshots were fired. Berryman did not appear to be involved with the group that was arguing.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria, said on Thursday that he was “deeply saddened by the fatal shooting,” and offered condolences on behalf of the entire city to the family of the deceased woman.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they are faced with this cruel reality,” said DeMaria.
The Mayor also called on the city’s Licensing Board to “investigate this incident and fully review the premises” where the fatal shooting took place, an apparent reference to Braza Bar & Grill.
“The Everett police force is comprised of over 100 well-qualified officers and they are pursuing this case diligently,” added DeMaria. “The police do not believe this was a random act of violence and they are working with the district attorney to secure the perpetrator.”