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BROCKTON – A Brockton man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he shot a pregnant woman in the head, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz has announced.
On September 8 at approximately 5:08 p.m., Brockton Police received a 911 call for a report of a female shot in the head inside an apartment at 622 North Main Street. Upon arrival, police and emergency medical personnel found the female victim outside the apartment in the street suffering from a single gunshot wound to the temple. The woman was transported to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston where she remains for treatment of her serious injuries.
Brockton Police immediately began their investigation and followed a blood trail up the stairs to the apartment where three young children were located. As officers left the building with the children, one identified Shaun Holiday, 26, as their father. Holiday was sitting on the sidewalk being treated by emergency medical personnel for a gunshot wound to his left forearm.
Through witness interviews, use of city camera video surveillance and location points from Holiday’s GPS monitoring bracelet, investigators were able to determine that Holiday arrived at the apartment earlier in the day in a gray motor vehicle and then gained access to the apartment. Holiday approached the victim, wrapped his left arm around her neck from behind while holding the .40 caliber firearm in his dominant right hand against her head, and fired one bullet into the victim’s temple. Holiday then fled the scene on foot for a time before returning to 622 North Main Street to find police. He was then treated for the gunshot wound to his left forearm. The bullet was removed and preserved as evidence as part of the investigation.
As a result, Brockton Police sought and obtained criminal complaints charging Holiday with one count each of Assault to Murder, Armed with a Firearm, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Felony Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Ammunition Without an FID Card, Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Building, Assault and Battery on a Pregnant Victim, and three counts of Reckless Endangerment of a Child. Holiday pleaded not guilty today at his arraignment on the charges. The Commonwealth moved that Holiday be held without bail pending the outcome of a dangerousness hearing that he scheduled to be held on September 22, and Brockton District Court Judge Michael Vitali concurred.