Homicide Investigation Ongoing in New Bedford

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
May 15, 2021

Homicide Unit prosecutors, Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to this office and New Bedford Police are actively investigating a homicide, which occurred last night in The City of New Bedford.

New Bedford Police received 911 calls around 6:45 pm reporting shots fired outside the Richdale Food Market on Brock Avenue.  

When first responders arrived on scene moments later, they located a male victim in the parking lot, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim, who was later identified as Joseph Pauline, 32, of New Bedford, was rushed to Saint Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, where he was pronounced deceased at 7:44 pm

The investigation into the shooting homicide is extremely active and ongoing at this time.  No further information can be released at this time.  


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications