One Less Gun: YVSF Officers Recover Three Firearms in Less than Two Hours in Two Separate Incidents

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INCIDENT #1: At about 7:45 PM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted an investigation of a motor vehicle in the area of 1 Gaylord Street in District C-11 (Dorchester). While on patrol in this area, officers observed a motor vehicle with excessive tint parked outside the above address. Officers approached the car on foot to investigate and observed the unknown front seat passenger turn his body away from the officers. When the occupants put their windows down, officers noted that four of the five males were known to them. Due to the furtive movements of the unknown front seat passenger and the officers’ awareness of the other males’ involvement in street gangs, officers asked the occupants to step out of the car. While performing a frisk of the front seat passenger, the male violently pushed away from the officer and fled on foot. During the pursuit, officers observed the suspect drop a firearm from his waistband before they lost sight of him a few blocks later. The suspect made good his escape, but officers recovered the loaded Smith & Wesson MP9 Shield he had discarded. The remaining occupants of the vehicle were identified and released, and the investigation is ongoing.

INCIDNENT #2: At about 9:18 PM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made two on-site arrests for firearm related offences in the area of 58 Bowdoin Ave in District C-11 (Dorchester).

As a result of an ongoing firearm investigation, officers located a vehicle near the above address occupied by three males. Officers made a stop of the vehicle and as the officers approached, they observed the passenger in the rear lean down toward the middle of the car. Due to the nature of the investigation and the actions of the passenger, officers ordered all occupants out of the vehicle. Once the vehicle was vacated, officers observed in plain view on the rear passenger side floor a sock with what appeared to be the back portion of a semi-automatic firearm protruding from it. Officers further observed a second sock with what appeared to be a firearm in it on the rear floor behind the driver’s seat. None of the occupants possessed a License to Carry, therefore officers seized the loaded black XD .45 ACP and the loaded Glock 19 9mm with obliterated serial number and high capacity magazine. Officers arrested the two passengers, 19-year-old Shaldon Pascal and 24-year-old Raymond Johnson, both of Dorchester, and charged them with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.