Man arrested in fatal shooting in Attleboro; Police say killing was drug-related

Attleboro police say a man was fatally shot inside 148 South Ave. (WJAR)

Attleboro police said Tuesday that the shooting death of a 34-year-old man was drug-related.

Authorities later identified him as Thomas Pomare, of Santa Barbara, California.

Officers responded to a report of shots being fired at 148 South Ave. at about 11 p.m. Monday.

While police said they were searching for "multiple suspects," they announced the arrest of Christopher Johnson of Attleboro.

"Johnson has been charged with misleading a criminal investigation," police noted, adding that he will be arraigned in Attleboro District Court on Wednesday morning.

Authorites said they were also looking for a burgundy Jeep that witnesses said left the scene.

Police said they believe the deadly shooting is connected to marijuana. They said a 911 caller told them that's why they showed up at the house.

"When the reporting party called to reports shots fired, he stated there were suspects in his home, and they're here for his marijuana," Chief Kyle Heagney of the Attleboro Police Department said.

While Heagney did not elaborate on details of the drugs in terms of how much was in the house, he called it an isolated incident.

"Odd for having a murder in this neighborhood," Heagney said.

Melissa McKenzie, who can see the back of the South Avenue house from her window, told NBC 10 News that she was surprised to hear police say the motive for the murder was marijuana.

"Little scary to find out what was going on down there," she said. “Had no idea, no idea, and again that's scary. I have teenage children. To think that that was going on in our neighborhood -- very scary, very disheartening to know that.”

South Avenue, which is also Route 123, was closed for several hours. Police reopened the road before dawn Tuesday so drivers could reach Interstate 95, which is blocks from the house. State police were also at the scene.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact police.

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