On Monday, April 13, 2015, in their never ending efforts to protect and serve the people of Boston, Boston police officers confiscated 3 firearms in 2 separate incidents. Although no arrests were made at the time of the incidents, investigators continue to work and pursue several leads in their ongoing efforts to identify the individuals last seen in possession of the weapons. To review the facts and circumstances surrounding both incidents, please read below:
INCIDENT #1: At about 5:22 PM on Monday, April 13, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 76 Bower Street.
Upon arrival, officers were informed that a male wearing a burgundy hoodie fired 5 or 6 shots and ran from the area. Officers nearby observed a black male with a burgundy hooded sweatshirt walking across MLK Boulevard in close proximity to where the shots were fired. As officers approached the male on foot, they recognized him as a known member of a local street gang. Officers also knew this individual to have previous recent firearm arrests. When the individual realized that officers were approaching him, he began to flee, running at a sprint toward Bower Street. Officers pursued the individual on foot and easily apprehended him on MLK Blvd. A pat frisk revealed that the individual was not armed; however, while he was detained, officers recovered a loaded black Sturm Ruger P345 a short distance away. The individual was identified and released, and the firearm was processed by detectives.
INCIDENT #2: At about 7:45 PM on Monday, April 13, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force recovered two loaded firearms in the area of 15 Powellton Street in District B-3 (Mattapan).
While on patrol in the area of Morse Street, officers engaged several individuals known to them in conversation outside of the above address. While they were speaking to the group, the officers observed an individual hiding under a parked car in an adjacent driveway. Several individuals in the group suddenly began to aggressively confront the officers. Due to the oddity of the male hiding under a vehicle and the fact that officers were outnumbered by the confrontational group, officers made a protective sweep of the immediate area. During the sweep, officers recovered a loaded silver and black .380 Locin handgun (photo #1) and a loaded black Hi-Point .45 caliber firearm (photo #2) outside the residence. Detectives processed and recovered the firearms. All individuals were identified and released.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information on Incident #1 is strongly urged to contact District B-2 Detectives at (617) 343-4275. Anyone with information on Incident #2 may contact the District B-3 Detectives at (617) 343-4712.
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.