Anthony Howard, 27, who already has one gun conviction and is in custody on another gun charge, was arraigned yesterday on charges he shot a woman to death last June in Egleston Square, shot another man in the same incident and shot two other men earlier the same day, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.
Brianna Bigby and a male companion were walking on Walnut Avenue around 3:15 p.m. on June 1, 2013, when Howard opened fire, killing her and sending the man to the hospital with non-fatal injuries, police and the DA's office say.
In the days, weeks, and months that followed, investigators interviewed witnesses, obtained phone records, and executed search warrants leading to Howard’s identification as a suspect and linked him to a double-shooting earlier that same day in which the victims, ages 21 and 26, did not cooperate with police. That incident took place at about 5:40 a.m. on Humboldt Avenue.
In addition to murder, Howard was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense.
Howard served two years in jail after a 2006 conviction for illegal possession of a gun. He is scheduled for a July 8 hearing in Suffolk Superior Court to answer an indictment for an illegal gun allegedly found during a police search.