Malden Mom is Glad Son Had GunBostonHerald.com | Thur, Sep 9, 2010
By Richard Weir
The mother of a Malden man who survived being struck with four bullets in a gunfight that left the other two men dead said yesterday that she is grateful her son was armed with his licensed handgun at the time.
“He had it on him. Why, I don’t know. His friends said he’s never had it on him. But I am very thankful he did. Otherwise it would have been him killed,” said Kathleen Becerra, 47.
Jerry Bourque, 25, was on his porch at about 12:55 a.m. Tuesday with a friend when they were approached by two Boston men, Lakeem Tombs and Virgilio Dipre, both 18, authorities said.
“They said, ‘Do you know a girl named Veronica?’ My son said, ‘That doesn’t ring a bell.’ They walked away and then came back later and asked, ‘Is this Salem Street?’ When my son said, ‘Yes,’ they said, ‘Empty your pockets.’ One guy started pistol-whipping my son. Then the other kid starting shooting,” Bacerra said, citing her son and his friend’s account.
The friend told the Herald Tuesday that Bourque struggled to pull his gun from his waistband but ended up firing through his clothes.
Police initially called it an apparent robbery. A spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s office said the circumstances remain under investigation. Police found all three men lying outside the house; Tombs and Dipre died later. Bourque is hospitalized with wounds to his groin, wrist and chest.
Bourque’s mother said he got his gun permit four years ago for target shooting. “He defended himself. Thank God,” she said.