Witness: Fight preceded fatal Fall River shooting of Vineyard man

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A witness told police a fight broke out between members of two motorcycle clubs before the fatal shooting of an Oak Bluffs man on Bedford Street Friday night, according to court documents, the Herald News reported.While en route to the shooting, police were flagged down by several motorcyclists who said someone had been shot in the head, according to the first four pages of a police report on file at District Court.Officers found Eric Voshelle, 39, of Oak Bluffs, lying on the ground in the parking lot that JC’s Cafe, 1050 Bedford St, shares with the Xtra Mart gas station next door, the report states.Officers rendered first aid to Voshelle, who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the back of his head, according to the report. Voshelle’s condition was declining and his pulse slowing as paramedics arrived at the scene.Voshelle was rushed to Charlton Memorial Hospital, then transferred to the trauma unit at Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead Saturday, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office.Several people in the area of the shooting wore patches indicating their membership in the Sidewinders Motorcycle Club, the reports states, and many of them were uncooperative with police.One witness agreed to speak with police. After washing blood off of his hands, the witness said as he was arriving at JC’s Cafe, he saw five to six people he identified as members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and their girlfriends leave the establishment and confront Sidewinders in the parking lot, according to the report.The witness said he entered the fight when he saw one of the Outlaws getting ready to swing a pipe at a Sidewinder, the report states.Amid the fistfight, the witness heard five to six gunshots ring out, according to the report. The full report was in the process of being redacted to omit witness information before 1 p.m. Monday, but the first several pages of the report were released to The Herald News.The witness told police a female shouted at the shooter to get in a car, according to the report, then drove him away from the scene.Police received surveillance footage from JC’s cafe. The day after the shooting, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Joseph Noe, 25, whose last known address was in Taunton, on charges including one count of murder, according to the DA’s office.Noe turned himself in at the Fall River Police Department Monday morning. He was due to be arraigned in Fall River District Court Monday afternoon.A black revolver was found between a vehicle parked on Bedford Street and the sidewalk, the police report states.Two other gunshot victims, a 37-year-old Fall River man and a 23-year-old Bridgewater man, were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.The pair was uncooperative with police and provided “intentionally incorrect information,” according to the report.

FALL RIVER, Mass. —

A witness told police a fight broke out between members of two motorcycle clubs before the fatal shooting of an Oak Bluffs man on Bedford Street Friday night, according to court documents, the Herald News reported.

While en route to the shooting, police were flagged down by several motorcyclists who said someone had been shot in the head, according to the first four pages of a police report on file at District Court.

Officers found Eric Voshelle, 39, of Oak Bluffs, lying on the ground in the parking lot that JC’s Cafe, 1050 Bedford St., shares with the Xtra Mart gas station next door, the report states.

Officers rendered first aid to Voshelle, who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the back of his head, according to the report. Voshelle’s condition was declining and his pulse slowing as paramedics arrived at the scene.

Voshelle was rushed to Charlton Memorial Hospital, then transferred to the trauma unit at Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead Saturday, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office.

Several people in the area of the shooting wore patches indicating their membership in the Sidewinders Motorcycle Club, the reports states, and many of them were uncooperative with police.

One witness agreed to speak with police. After washing blood off of his hands, the witness said as he was arriving at JC’s Cafe, he saw five to six people he identified as members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and their girlfriends leave the establishment and confront Sidewinders in the parking lot, according to the report.

The witness said he entered the fight when he saw one of the Outlaws getting ready to swing a pipe at a Sidewinder, the report states.

Amid the fistfight, the witness heard five to six gunshots ring out, according to the report. The full report was in the process of being redacted to omit witness information before 1 p.m. Monday, but the first several pages of the report were released to The Herald News.

The witness told police a female shouted at the shooter to get in a car, according to the report, then drove him away from the scene.

Police received surveillance footage from JC’s cafe. The day after the shooting, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Joseph Noe, 25, whose last known address was in Taunton, on charges including one count of murder, according to the DA’s office.

Noe turned himself in at the Fall River Police Department Monday morning. He was due to be arraigned in Fall River District Court Monday afternoon.

A black revolver was found between a vehicle parked on Bedford Street and the sidewalk, the police report states.

Two other gunshot victims, a 37-year-old Fall River man and a 23-year-old Bridgewater man, were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The pair was uncooperative with police and provided “intentionally incorrect information,” according to the report.

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