One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One, Recover Firearm after Shooting Incident in Mattapan

At about 2:30 PM on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 1667 Blue Hill Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers located the victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Several witnesses advised the officers that the suspect was hiding in a thrift shop down the street. Officers entered the shop where the suspect was believed to be hiding and immediately located the suspect. Due to the nature of the incident, the officers conducted a pat frisk of the individual. During the frisk, the officer felt what he knew to be the shape of a firearm in the suspect’s jacket. The officer then removed a black Taurus PT .22 caliber handgun with a brown handle from the inside pocket of the suspect’s jacket. The officers confirmed that the suspect was not licensed to carry a firearm, and he was placed under arrest. A further search of the suspect also revealed a medium sized plastic bag of a substance believed to be crack cocaine in the suspect’s pocket.

The suspect, 23-year-old Saquan Gaul of Mattapan, was charged with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of Class B Drugs (Cocaine).