The authorities in Brockton, Massachusetts, have named Joe Araujo as the victim of a fatal shooting at a Hibachi restaurant over the weekend.
The police have arrested two individuals and charged at least one of them with murder. The two suspects have not been publicly identified.
The cops were called to the Hibachi Sushi Supreme Buffet on Friday evening after a gunman walked into the crowded dining area and shot 22-year-old Araujo at point-blank range.
The Plymouth County District Attorney released chilling footage to the press that showed a hooded individual walking up to Araujo’s table and suddenly pulling out a firearm.
The restaurant was packed with families and young children; a child was sitting at the table opposite Araujo.
Araujo was transported to the nearby Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
At least one suspect is charged with murder of Joe Araujo in Brockton restaurant shooting
The cops say it was a targeted attack and not a random act of violence. Two men were taken into custody on Monday night, and one has reportedly been charged with murder.Watch the Latest on our YouTube Channel
It’s unknown which charges the other man is facing. They were both arrested in Cape Cod, MA.
The suspects are due to appear before the Brockton District Court on Tuesday.
Plymouth County DA Tim Cruz posted an update last night on social media. Cruz confirmed the above, writing, “A non-stop investigation by @MassStatePolice @BrocktonPolice leads to 2 men under arrest tonight charged in connection with the brazen fatal shooting of a man inside a Brockton restaurant. The pair are scheduled to be arraigned in BDC tomorrow.”
Araujo’s family have spoken out about their heartbreak.
Joe Araujo family discussed their anguish following Hibachi restaurant shooting
Araujo’s mother, Ana Inocencio, said she still cannot believe her son is gone, and his sister, Andrea Monteiro, told reporters, “Even if justice is served, we can never get him back ever again. That’s what breaks my heart the most.”
Another sister, Vera Lopes, questioned why someone would want to target her brother and also wondered why more people hadn’t come forward to bring justice to the killer. She lamented, “It was in front of a lot of people for no one to open their heart as a human being and be part of justice to be made for my brother.”
Anyone with any information about the shooting should contact the Brockton Police Department at 508 941-0200 or fill out a contact form.