Authorities Search for Suspect After Malden Shooting

MALDEN, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — Authorities are asking the public’s help in finding a suspect after the shooting death of a Malden Man.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Malden Chief of Police Kevin Molis say that 18-year-old for Yahia Mastouri, 18, of Malden, is wanted in the fatal shooting of Jeury Batista, 23 on March 2.

Officials that that Malden Police responded to a shooting that happened at the Bowdoin Apartments. They found Batista, who is from Salem, Mass, and he was brought to MelroseWakefield Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Yahia Mastouri (Credit: Middlesex District Attorney's Office)

According to Ryan, investigatiors suggests that the shooting was part of a suspected drug transaction and is not believed to be a random incident of violence.

Mastouri is approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and was last seen in Malden on the night of the shooting, Ryan said in a statement.

Officials say that if Mastouri is seen — he should not be approached.

Anyone with information on where Mastouri is should could call Massachusetts State Police at 508-820-2121 or Malden Police at 781-322-1212 right away. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online at www.maldenpd.com.

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