The man accused of shooting a 5-year-old boy and his father last week was arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Monday morning.
Prosecutors revealed new details about the alleged shooter's connection to the two victims.
"The first shot, it was in his left hip. He then moved the 5-year-old child behind him to shield him and Chaepo shot him again in the right leg. That bullet went through his leg and struck the child," said Assistant District Attorney, Joan Dietz.
The father, Reynaldo Diaz, told police that he was visiting his son and his son's mom last Wednesday when 21-year-old Brian Marrero, known as Chaepo, walked up and within 10 feet of the father and son began firing.
Monday in court, Marrero denied the charges.
"Mr. Marrero has indicated that he is not guilty," said defense attorney, Richard Rubin.
The shooting sparked questions of a possible motive, but CBS 3 learned in court that Marrero is dating the mother of the five year old.
"He was shown a photo and identified this defendant as the person known as Chaepo, the boyfriend of the child's mother and the one who shot him," Dietz said.
Prosecutors said Marrero was the one who drove the kid and his mom to Holyoke Medical Center and then left.
The boy who was later brought to Baystate Medical Center where he underwent surgery to remove the bullet from his knee.
Both he and his dad are expected to be ok.
Even after prosecutors listed some heavy former charges against Marrero, including firearm charges and two counts of assault and battery on an officer, the defense requested that bail be set without prejudice.
"Mr. Marrero has from his record not a very extensive record the maximum penalty he did was six months in the house of correction and that was a number of years ago," Rubin said.
Marrero is being held on $250,000 dollars cash bail.
He is due back in court for a pre-trial conference April 9.
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