By George P. Hassett
A 21-year-old man who bought the booze for a teenage party on Everett Street and allegedly shot another partygoer in an altercation over gang colors was arrested Friday afternoon.
Dale Harding was arrested and charged with armed assault to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, carrying a firearm with ammunition, assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a firearm without a license.
Harding is a member of the Bloods street gang, according to court documents. When he saw an 18-year-old member of the rival Crips gang wearing a blue bandana at the Everett Street party on Wednesday Aug. 27, he allegedly became enraged.
Harding told the victim to put away his “flag,” before shooting him in the back of the leg, court documents allege.
The next morning Harding allegedly text messaged a friend and told her he shot the victim with a .25 caliber gun so “It shouldn't have done too much damage,” court records show.
Detectives learned Harding was staying with his girlfriend at 35 Otis St. and surrounded the home on Friday. When Harding left the home he was taken down at gunpoint.
Editor's Note (JN): the end of this story has been removed from this website as a result of misinterpreted/flawed/erroneous information based on an unfinished police report.