Suspect Arraigned In Deadly Everett Shooting

CJ McDonald and his mother, Linda. Craig McDonald said his son, CJ, was killed in an Everett shooting on Friday night. Photo: Courtesy Craig McDonald

Updated Thursday, October 28

EVERETT, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the shooting of a Randolph man in Everett over the weekend. The man, identified as Michael Stanton Jr. of Chelsea, arrived at the Everett Police station on Tuesday night and was arrested.

He was arraigned Wednesday in Malden District Court on murder charges, and is being held without bail until November 10. Police said they came to the conclusion that the alleged shooter was Stanton based off of "numerous witness interviews, extensive review of surveillance video, and a review of phone records."

Craig McDonald of Randolph said it was his son Craig McDonald Jr. who was killed in the Friday night shooting. McDonald spoke to WBZ's Suzanne Sausville about his son who, who he called CJ.

McDonald said his son CJ was in Everett on Friday night to see a high school football game with a male and female friend. CJ's father said the three friends were in his car when someone came up to it and started shooting. Police said they were called for reports of a shooting on Second and Revere Streets at about 8:00 PM, and they've now identified the alleged shooter as Michael Stanton Jr.

McDonald describes a harrowing scene, as CJ's friends called him from CJ's phone, carried him into the back seat of the car and sped to Whidden Memorial Hospital.

Doctors and nurses tried to save CJ once he arrived, but the damage was too severe. They came out to give him the bad news.

"They said he had cardiac arrest twice and he lost too much blood, so he passed away," McDonald said. "He was the most gentle, soft-spoken, respectful man that I've ever met."

McDonald described holding his dead son's hand and praying. The man had seen CJ just the day before. "He came home his normal self," McDonald said.

"He told us that he would be back," he said. "There's always a side of getting to justice, but you always want, more than that, him to be here, him to be back."

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports:

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