Man shot in yesterday's rolling shootout through Cambridge streets now also faces charges

Cambridge Police report charging a man who was shot in what they say was a car-to-car shootout in Cambridgeport yesterday afternoon - and say they are still looking for the other car and people involved in the mid-day gunfire.

Police say two occupants of one car exchanged gunfire with the occupants of another car in the area of Chestnut and Sidney streets. An off-duty Cambridge police officer witnessed the aftermath and saw that car head towards Central Square.

He followed them until on-duty officers could pick up the pursuit - which they ended at Land Boulevard and Binney Street and arrested one occupant, Ladjuan Guichard, 20, of Roslindale, while arranging transport to a local hospital for the other, the driver, Joekeem Nelson, 23, of Cambridge, for non-fatal gunshot wounds.

Police add that one of the two threw the gun out the window on Memorial Drive and that it has been recovered.

Guichard was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, possession of a large-capacity firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police said this morning that Nelson will be charged with armed assault with intent to murder, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for police.

Police are continuing to search for the other car and its occupants. Anybody with information can contact police at 617-349-3300 or submit an anonymous tip by calling 617-349-3359 or by sending a text message to 847411 that starts with TIP650.

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Wait... are you telling me I can illegally possess a handgun and commit armed robbery and be out in under two years? Why the sentencing leniency for violent crimes in Massachusetts when drug crimes, vices, and bad split second decisions get you locked up for similar terms? I’m confused here, the state legislator DA and judges are really inept.