BPD Officers Arrest One and Recover Two Illegal Firearms After Shooting in Downtown Boston


At about 2:55 AM on Sunday, August 17, 2014, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to the sound of shots fired in the area of 15 Edinboro Street in Chinatown.

While on patrol, officers heard what appeared to be gun shots outside of the above address. Officers observed a suspect fleeing the scene and pursued him on foot. After a brief foot chase, officers were able to apprehend the suspect, recover a firearm, and secure the scene and numerous witnesses within minutes. During the pursuit, an officer's firearm was discharged, however, a preliminary investigation has determined that there were no injuries as a result of this discharge.

Twenty-nine-year-old Kareem Smith of Malden was arrested and charged with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm). Smith is known to Boston police officers and has prior firearm convictions on his record.

Officers and Boston EMS treated four victims who incurred non-life-threatening gunshot injuries, three of whose injuries appeared to be minor. The victims were all male and ranged in age from 22 to 27 years old. All four victims were transported to area hospitals.

***Due to the ongoing investigation, a second firearm was later recovered in relation to this incident. An amendment to this post has been made.