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November 2, 2007
Attleboro man arraigned after motel shooting
JOHNSTON -- A 19-year-old Attleboro, Mass., man faces felony gun charges in the wake of a shooting incident yesterday at a Hartford Avenue motel.
Corey Devaney is accused of shooting an 18-year-old Pawtucket man with a .25 caliber handgun sometime after midnight, said Deputy Police Chief Gary W. Maddocks Jr.
Devaney was arraigned this morning in the Third Division District Court in Cranston and held without bail as a fugitive from justice in the Attleboro case, Maddocks said.
His arraignment in Superior Court is scheduled for Dec. 14.
Both the victim and Devaney’s girlfriend told detectives that the gun was fired accidentally, during horseplay in a motel room sometime between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. Thursday, Maddocks said.
“The circumstances seem odd,” he said. “We’re investigating it.”
Authorities did not learn about the shooting until staff at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital reported that Devaney had come to the hospital with a gunshot wound.
Shortly after receiving a call from Pawtucket police, Johnston detectives found Devaney in a room at the Bel-Aire Motor Inn early yesterday afternoon, Maddocks said.
They also found a pellet gun that looks like a Glok handgun, he said. Later on, he said, they found the .25 caliber handgun that was used in the shooting and a stolen sawed-off shotgun hidden in the woods behind the motel at 2154 Hartford Ave.
Investigators also learned that Devaney and some of his associates, including his girlfriend, Danielle Morin, 18, of Attleboro, Mass., and the victim, Nicholas Morre, had been staying in the motel for more than two weeks, Maddocks said.
-- Journal staff writer Mark Reynolds
Prior to Thursday, he said, Attleboro police had issued an arrest warrant charging Devaney with malicious damage and disorderly conduct.
He was charged with possessing a stolen firearm, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and discharging a firearm in a compact area, Maddocks said.
Police still have a lot of questions about the situation, he said.
“What are these kids doing in this room with these weapons?” he said. “What were they going to do?”
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