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Three arrested after gun is fired in apartment

Bullet may have hit unit below

Two men and a woman were arrested Sunday afternoon after a dispute in a Dorchester apartment led to a gun being fired while a 2-year-old was in the building, authorities said Monday.

Boston police said in a prepared statement that officers responded to the Dyer Street apartment shortly after 4 p.m., and a visibly shaken woman on the first floor showed them what appeared to be a bullet hole in a closet in the front bedroom.

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The woman said she had heard a commotion in the second-floor­ apartment, and a man later banged on her front door and screamed, “Let me in; something’s in there of mine I gotta get,” the statement said. She refused to let the man in.

Police forced their way into the second-floor apartment after­ the occupants did not respond when officers knocked on the front and back doors.

They found Juanquis Hicks and Kevin Bryant, both 21-year-old Hyde Park residents, in the rear bedroom, and Ethel Walter, 26, in the third-floor rear stairwell holding her 2-year-old son, police said.

A police spokeswoman said that she had no information on what had touched off the dispute in the second-floor apartment.

Officers seized two bags of what appeared to be marijuana that were found next to Walter, as well as an unknown amount of a substance believed to be crack cocaine, police said.

A spokeswoman for Boston police said she had no information on what had touched off the dispute in a second-floor apartment that allegedly led to a bullet hole below.

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Police also said they found three guns in the apartment, including one in a closet that was directly above the ballistic damage on the first floor, according­ to the statement.

Hicks was charged with home invasion for allegedly trying to force his way into the first-floor apartment. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, police said.

Bryant was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and disorderly conduct, police said.

Walter was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possessing drugs with the intent to distribute, and drug trafficking, police said. Her child was taken to Boston­ Medical Center for an evaluation.

All three suspects were scheduled to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Tuesday.

Melissa Werthmann can be reached at melissa.werthmann@globe.com.
Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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