LAWRENCE — Jose L. Rivera, 36, was identified by witnesses as the gunman who shot a 16-year-old girl in the head earlier this month, according to an investigator's report that was unsealed Friday.

"That's the man who was shooting the gun and one of the bullets hit my friend. Completely, 100 percent sure," a witness said when shown a "blind, photo array" of eight images, according to the affidavit written by trooper Thomas Sullivan.

Sullivan wrote the affidavit to support an arrest warrant for Rivera after the Friday, Jan. 11 shooting in the 300 block of High Street. 

Geylin Pichardo, a Lawrence High School freshman, is in critical condition at a Boston hospital after being shot in the head. A witness told police Pichardo was "lying on the back seat" of a black BMW and "had been shot." 

After five days at large, Rivera, of 325 High St., #2, was captured by authorities at a home in Dorchester. He was arraigned on three counts of armed assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and related charges. 

Rivera, who goes by the nickname 'Lito,' remains held without bail at Middleton Jail. 

At his arraignment, Rivera was allowed by Lawrence District Court Judge Michael Brooks to hide behind a courtroom door, out of public view. At the request of a prosecutor, Sullivan's affidavit was impounded, which means hidden from public view, until Friday.

Eagle-Tribune attorney Peter Caruso filed a motion requesting a hearing to terminate the impoundment. The hearing was Friday morning, where Assistant District Attorney David O'Sullivan said the document could immediately become public. 

"It lapses today," O'Sullivan said of the impoundment order. 

Lawrence police were alerted to the shooting in the area of 329 High St. at 9:07 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11. 

Witnesses told police one man, the driver of a black BMW, fired shots into the air. Another man fired several shots at the black BMW. 

The man police say was driving the BMW and fired shots into the air, Christian Figueroa, 20, was arrested that night on an unrelated outstanding warrant and remains held without bail.

"Lawrence officers are familiar with Figueroa from previous incidents and are aware that he goes by the nickname 'Gigo.'"

Figueroa, Pichardo and another man are listed in court papers as Rivera’s victims.

A booking slip from a previous arrest in August 2017 indicates Rivera was born in Boston and is employed as a laborer and landscaper.

Jan. 11 , Figueroa drove Pichardo to Lawrence General Hospital and she was later transferred to a Boston hospital, police said.

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill.






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