Less than four weeks after the shooting death of 17-year-old Chad O'Connor, two individuals wanted in connection to his shooting death are in police custody. Earlier today, Friday, February 9, 2018, detectives assigned to the Boston Police Homicide Unit along with members of the BPD's Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Rishaard Sheppard, 18, of Dorchester and Branden Singleton, 18, of Dorchester and charged both with Murder. Both suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Monday, February 12, 2018.
Said Commissioner William Evans, "I want to acknowledge and commend my officers for the hard work and dedication to justice that preceded the arrest of the two suspects wanted in connection to this crime. Clearly, an arrest like this not only makes our city safer but should also send a loud, clear message that gun violence of any kind will not be tolerated in our city. To the family and friends of Chad O'Connor, it is my sincere hope that the news of today's arrests will provide for them some small measure of comfort and closure."
The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 5:30 PM on Sunday, January 14, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Kenwood Street and Washington Street. On arrival, officers located a male victim who appeared to be suffering from an apparent gunshot wound or wounds. The victim, later identified as Chad O'Connor, 17 of Boston, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.
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.