The son of a distinguished Quincy developer whose father described as “perfect” was held on $500,000 bail yesterday at Quincy District Court on charges he shot a Milton firefighter in an apparent road rage incident.
If bail is posted, Robert O’Connell, 40, will remain on house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet until his trial on attempted murder charges ends. He is accused of shooting 30-year-old Joseph Fasano in the abdomen when the two pulled over on Commander Shea Boulevard late Saturday.
Fasano remains in critical but stable condition, according to police.
During a lengthy bail hearing hours after he turned himself in, O’Connell looked ashen in a blue sweater and khakis as Quincy Police officers laid out evidence against him.
Lt. John Steele told the court that surveillance cameras at an auto shop on Commander Shea Boulevard and another at O’Connell’s Marina Bay residence captured O’Connell’s Porsche moments after the incident.
“The timing would fit perfectly with a fleeing vehicle,” said Steele, who added that O’Connell is the registered owner of two .45-caliber handguns similar to the weapon used in the shooting.
In an effort to have his client released, defense attorney Jack McGlone argued that the state’s case contained “many holes,” including O’Connell’s complete lack of a criminal record and the fact that Fasano’s car contained cocaine.