One Less Gun: Three Firearms Recovered in Roxbury in Two Separate Incidents in Less than 24 Hours


INCIDENT #1: At about 1:00 AM on Sunday, April 12, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of Dorr Street. Officers were alerted by BPD Operations that they received several 911 calls and five gunshots had registered on shot spotter technology.

Upon arrival, officers observed a number of individuals looking out of two broken windows in the front of a residence on Dorr Street. It appeared as though these individuals were attempting to remain undetected in the house. Officers recovered five 9mm shell casings outside of the residence. Due to the calls for shots fired, the shell casings on the ground, and the broken windows, the totality of the circumstances dictated that the officers perform a protective sweep of the residence to ensure that no victims were located inside. Although officers heard movement of people inside when they knocked and announced their presence, no one would open the door. Officers made a forced entry and found approximately 20 people inside the apartment. A protective sweep did not reveal any victims, but officers did recover a Kel Tec 9mm semi-automatic firearm in the back hallway.

All occupants of the apartment were identified and released. The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact District B-2 Detectives at (617) 343-4275.

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.

INCIDENT #2: At about 5:05 PM on Sunday, April 12, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) while on patrol in the area of Humboldt Avenue heard gunshots fired in the rear of the Trotter School near 135 Humboldt Avenue.

Officers followed the sound of the shots and observed an individual known to officers brandishing a firearm. The individual fled on Hollander Street, and a foot chase ensued. Officers pursued the suspect from Hollander to Harrishoff Street, where they observed the suspect discard the firearm. In short time, officers were able to find the suspect hiding under a motor vehicle parked on Harrishoff Street. Officers apprehended the male and recovered a .380 caliber firearm in a yard adjacent to Harrishoff Street.

Officers on the scene were informed that shot spotter technology detected the sounds of two separate firearms, and a total of 14 rounds were fired. Officers searched for ballistics in the Trotter schoolyard and were able to recover all 14 spent shell casings. A second, 9mm firearm was also recovered during this search. Both recovered firearms were fired to lock-back.

Officers arrested the suspect, 20-year-old Semaj Leary of Dorchester, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Armed Career Criminal Level II, Discharging a Firearm on School Property, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, Unlawful Carrying a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. In addition, Leary was arrested for prior outstanding warrants.

Although no victims were located at the time of the incident, this exchange of gunfire interrupted what was a beautiful spring day in Trotter Park where several children had been playing. Fortunately, officers were diligently patrolling the area, and their quick intuition and reactions were able to prevent any further incidents and injury.