Prosecutors say a Brockton-born, Taunton man charged with murder shot his victim four times when he gunned him down the morning of March 24, 2016, in the city’s Whittenton neighborhood.

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FALL RIVER — Prosecutors say a Taunton man charged with murder shot his victim four times when he gunned him down the morning of March 24, 2016, in the city’s Whittenton neighborhood.

Miguel Marrero, who was 20 at the time, is accused of using a .38-caliber semi-automatic pistol to kill 23-year-old Gordon Weekes, while Weekes stood near a car in front of the Fifth Avenue Apartments at 9 Fifth Ave.

The criminal case got underway Wednesday morning in Fall River Superior Court.

Marrero allegedly pulled the trigger six times.

Two bullets missed their mark, but Weekes was hit once in the chest and then once in the buttocks and twice in the back as he tried running away, according to Assistant District Attorney Jeanne Veenstra, during her opening statements to the jury.

Veenstra said Weekes, who had been living on Fifth Avenue but had ties to Brockton and Cambridge, suffered wounds to his colon, lung and liver.

She said friends of the victim didn’t wait for emergency responders, but instead drove Weekes to Morton Hospital where they pulled into a hospital driveway where he was declared dead.

Veenstra told the jury that video surveillance video from a number of buildings in the neighborhood — coupled with state police-lab DNA evidence tying Marrero to the shooting — will prove conclusive and result in a guilty verdict.

Marrero’s lawyer, Robert Galibois, told the jury a witness will testify that Weekes previously had made threatening remarks to Marrero and at one point was seen in possession of a gun.

Galibois emphasized “common sense,” which he told the jury “is a tool you’re going to need to digest this case.”

Veenstra noted that when Marrero began shooting at Weekes, a woman who lived in a building next door happened to be outside strapping her infant into her car.

The shooting sparked a police search in the immediate area involving a K-9 unit and a state police helicopter.

Police said within an hour of the shooting, which took place at around 9:45 a.m., a state police dog sniffed out then pulled the murder weapon from beneath a bush in the yard of a house at the corner of Washington and Jackson streets.

Police didn’t arrest Marrero until the next day, when they say they apprehended him in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.

His last known address at the time was 17 Fifth Ave. in Taunton, authorities said.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Marrero -- who officials say was born in Brockton and had been living in Taunton for at least two years -- will spend the rest of his life behind bars without chance of parole.

Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Karen O’Sullivan is assisting Veenstra prosecute the case.