New Bedford Homicide

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
October 20, 2019​​​​

The deceased victim of last night’s homicide in New Bedford can now be publicly identified as being Paul Collazo-Ruiz, 17, of New Bedford.

Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to this office, along with New Bedford Police and Homicide Unit prosecutors are actively investigating a homicide, which occurred Saturday evening in the City of New Bedford.

At around 7:05 pm on Saturday, New Bedford Police responded to the area around 160 Ashley Boulevard for reports of an apparent shooting involving two victims.

When police and paramedics arrived on scene, they located Mr. Collazo-Ruiz and a 20-year-old New Bedford man, both of whom had sustained apparent gunshot wounds.  Collazo-Ruiz was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics, while the 20-year-old was rushed to the hospital.  The surviving victim, who is not being identified, is currently in serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

As the investigation remains active and ongoing at this time, no further information can be released this evening. 

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Friedel is coordinating the investigation for the district attorney’s office at this time.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications