Commissioner Evans Says Combination of Community Support and Quick Response by BPD Officers Preceded the Arrest of 2 Suspects Wanted for a Non-fatal Shooting in Dorchester

Commissioner Evans Says Combination of Community Support and Quick Response by BPD Officers Made All the Difference in the Arrest of 2 Suspects Wanted in Connection to a Non-fatal Shooting in Dorchester:  At about 4:25pm, on Monday, May 21, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 74 Whitten Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim, believed to be in his early twenties, suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Officers also learned that, although the victim was found in area of 74 Whitten Street, the original incident occurred in the area of 397 Centre Street. Meanwhile, the victim, suffering a non-life threatening injury, was transported to an area hospital for further treatment of his injury. Officers responding to the scene within minutes of the initial call quickly learned that the suspects responsible for the shooting were seen fleeing the area while riding a white motor scooter. Officers promptly broadcast a description of the suspects over the police radio. Within minutes, officers learned that a white motor scooter ridden by two occupants had been involved in a minor motor vehicle accident in the area of Gibson and Sturtevant Streets. Officers also learned that the suspects were seen attempting to carjack a vehicle in the area. Responding officers quickly observed two individuals who matched the descriptions of the suspects running from the scene. After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to chase down and apprehend both suspects. Moreover, two firearms were recovered from the scene (see photos). 

Kevin Woods, 19, of Boston and a 17-year-old juvenile male from Boston are both charged with Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm with 500 Feet of a Dwelling and Carjacking. Both suspects are scheduled to appear in Dorchester District Court on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.    

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I can’t say enough about the outstanding cooperation between community members and my officers that led to the swift arrests of the suspects wanted in connection to this incident. Within minutes of the original call, thanks to community members willing to share information, my officers knew who they were looking for and had a description of the two suspects responsible for the non-fatal shooting. In policing, we always talk about the importance of community cooperation when solving crime and, today, there’s no doubt that community cooperation coupled with my officers’ quick response made all the difference in the apprehension of two individuals who through their brazen behavior showed a complete and utter disregard for the safety of all who happened to be in the area at the time of the shooting.”