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CPD Announces Arrest in Ongoing Investigation of Double Shooting in the area of Donnelly Field

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Cambridge Police Announce Arrest in Ongoing Investigation of Double Shooting in the area of Donnelly Field

A suspect charged in connection with the May 23, 2024, double shooting in the area of Donnelly Field has been taken into custody.

Yonayvi Cruceta, 23, of Cambridge, was arrested in Cambridge after Cambridge Police detectives identified him as being involved in the shooting that occurred last week in Cambridge. Cruceta is charged in Cambridge District Court with the following charges:

  • Assault & battery attempt with a firearm
  • Carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds
  • Firearm discharge within 500 feet of building
  • Carrying a loaded firearm without a license
  • Carrying a firearm without a license

On Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 9:39 p.m., Cambridge Police responded to Donnelly Field located at 91 Berkshire Street for reports of multiple gunshots. The preliminary investigation indicates that the defendant was at the basketball court when he was approached by multiple individuals. Following a brief interaction an exchange of gunfire occurred.  During this exchange the defendant allegedly discharged a firearm and was also shot by one of those individuals. A 22-year-old female victim was also located in the basketball courts suffering from a gunshot wound believed to be from a stray bullet fired by one of the unknown parties.  

The shooting victims were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Both individuals are Cambridge residents. There were no other injuries reported.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information related to this incident, including home surveillance or dash cam video, is strongly encouraged to call our Criminal Investigations Unit anonymously through our tip line at 617-349-9151 or online at cambridgepolice.org/TIPS. 

Cambridge Police do not believe this incident was random. To help provide more information, The Offices of Mayor E. Denise Simmons, City Manager Yi-An Huang, and Cambridge Police Commissioner Christine Elow invite the public to attend a community safety meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at St. Anthony’s Parish, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave, in Cambridge.

This is an opportunity for the Cambridge Police to share what we can with the community, for residents to ask questions and share concerns, and for everyone to come together to determine what steps must be taken to decrease opportunities for violence in our city. All members of the public are welcome to attend.


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