BPD Investigation Continues After Non-Fatal Shooting in Boston’s Back Bay Leads to Suspect Under Arrest on Motor Vehicle Related Charges and Recovery of Loaded Firearm in Roxbury


At about 2:26 AM on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 47 Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries which are not considered life threatening. While on scene, officers broadcast a description of four suspects who were observed fleeing the area and a detailed description of the suspect vehicle, including the license plate. A short time later, an officer assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) observed the suspect vehicle, a black Kia Sorento, travelling at a high rate of speed inbound on Melnea Cass Boulevard near Albany Street. The officer activated his lights and sirens and stopped the suspect vehicle with the assistance of additional responding units in the area of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Hampden Street. As the officers were walking towards the vehicle, the operator, later identified as David Fernanades, 30, of Braintree, suddenly pulled away at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle turned right on Massachusetts Avenue and then down several side streets in an attempt to remain out of sight of police the area. While speeding outbound on Norfolk Avenue, the suspect vehicle suddenly swerved into the opposite lane of travel, directly towards a police vehicle, causing the officers to quickly maneuver to avoid a head on collision. The suspect vehicle then continued to travel outbound at a high rate of speed before crashing into several parked cars in the area of 198 Norfolk Avenue. Officers later retraced the path of flight of the suspect vehicle and recovered a loaded .40 caliber Ruger handgun in the area of 38 Norfolk Avenue. The operator and three passengers inside the suspect vehicle were all transported to area hospitals for treatment of multiple injuries which are considered non-life threatening. The suspect was booked in the usual manner upon his release from the hospital after receiving treatment. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on numerous charges including Refusal to Submit to a Police Officer, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (To Wit: Motor Vehicle) and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.

The investigation into the initial call for the non-fatal shooting remains active and ongoing at this time.