Victim of Revere Shooting Succumbs to Injuries; Two in Custody

BOSTON, July 24, 2019 — Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins today announced that a man who was shot during an altercation in Revere on July 18 has succumbed to his injuries and two defendants are in custody in connection with the shooting that claimed his life.

The shooting victim, 35-year-old John Brooks of Dorchester, suffered a gunshot wound during an altercation in the area of Centennial Street in Revere at approximately 7:18 p.m. on Thursday, July 18.  Mr. Brooks was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.  Tragically, Mr. Brooks died shortly before 9:30 p.m. yesterday. 

Based on witness statements and video of the shooting, KEVIN NGUYEN, 19, of Dorchester, was arrested by Revere Police near the location of the shooting.  JORGE CARDOVA, 21, of Revere, was identified for his role in the shooting and taken into custody on a warrant earlier today.   Both are charged with armed assault with intent to rob, attempted murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  New charges are expected in the wake of Mr. Brooks’s death.   

Nguyen was arraigned July 19 in Chelsea District Court and ordered held on $50,000 bail and ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the victim and witnesses to the shooting, wear a GPS monitor, and remain under home confinement in the event he is released on bail.  He is represented by Anthony Fugate and returns to court on August 13, 2019.

Cardova is expected to be arraigned in Chelsea District Court tomorrow.

“My heart goes out to Mr. Brooks’s family and loved ones as they grieve his loss to an  act of gun violence,” District Attorney Rachael Rollins said. “I give my word to Mr. Brooks’s family and to the Revere community that we will hold the individuals responsible for his death accountable.”

The shooting death is under investigation by State Police detectives assigned to District Attorney Rollins’s office with the assistance of the Revere Police Department. 




All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Renee Algarin