Today, March 11, 2015, Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced three arrests in connection with the shooting death of Ryan Morrissey. At about 9:40 PM on November 5, 2014, officers from District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to an outdoor scene for a person or persons shot in the area of 274 Main Street in Charlestown. On arrival, officers located two male victims both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. One of the victims, identified as Ryan Morrissey, 17, of Charlestown, later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The other victim survived his injuries.
Based on evidence developed during the course of an ongoing investigation, Boston Police Homicide detectives last night located and arrested Julio Baez, 24, of Charlestown and charged him with Murder. Baez was held without bail until his arraignment today in Charlestown Municipal Court.
Shortly after the arraignment of Baez, Boston Police Homicide detectives located and arrested a second suspect, Danilo Soto, 21, of Dorchester, and charged him with Murder. The third suspect, a 17 year-old male from Charlestown, is already in custody being held on charges in a separate, unrelated incident and will also be charged.
Said Commissioner Evans: “A little over four months ago, a young man by the name of Ryan Morrissey was simply minding his own business, hanging out with friends and doing what kids his age do when he was mistakenly targeted and gunned down outside of a convenience store in Charlestown by a suspect intent on causing hurt and harm to another. For the past four months, Boston Police Homicide detectives, working closely with our partners in the District Attorney’s office, have worked around the clock in our shared efforts to bring those responsible to justice. This was clearly a case of mistaken identity with tragic consequences but, thankfully, those responsible will be held accountable. Today, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Morrissey family and it is our sincere hope that the news of today’s arrest will provide for them some small measure of comfort and relief.”
Said DA Conley: “Detectives on the street and prosecutors in the grand jury built the case piece by piece, day by day, until we reached this point. Some cases are made in days and others over a period of years, but none of them fall through the cracks. As with this case, every single one gets our best efforts.”
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.