One dead, one injured in Roxbury shooting

One young man was killed and another seriously wounded when they were shot on a Roxbury street Wednesday after­noon, police said.

Police Commissioner ­Edward F. Davis told reporters near the scene on Batchelder Street that both victims were about 20 years old.

He said police had questioned one person, who was later released, and no arrests had been made.


Police did not identify the victims Wednesday. Davis said they were taken to Boston Medical Center, where one was pronounced dead. The condition of the other man was not immediately available.

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“He has a very serious injury,” Davis said.

Authorities did not release any information about a suspect description or a possible motive. The men were shot at about 2:45 p.m.

Davis said there were no surveillance cameras in the ­area that may have captured the shootings, and he asked members of the public with infor­mation to contact police.

“This particular street is not a street that we respond to frequently,” Davis said. “It’s a relatively quiet area of ­Roxbury.” No weapons were found, he said, but officers did recover ballistics evidence.


About two dozen plainclothes, uniformed officers, and detectives, were investigating at the scene in the afternoon. A long stretch of Batchelder Street was sealed off with police tape.

Genevive Tetteh, 63, of ­Roxbury, said she was in the area visiting her daughter and dropping off a present for her grandson. She saw the heavy police presence as she drove toward her daughter’s home.

“It’s so sad, because I don’t know when this is going to end,” Tetteh said of the violence. “These are young people killing young people. And some of them think, ‘Oh, you know, I’m 20 years old, I’m 21, I’ve lived my life.’ What life?”

The slaying on Wednesday was the city’s 51st homicide in 2012, compared to 57 at this time last year, police said.

Anyone with information on the shootings is urged to call homicide detectives at 617-343-4470. Members of the public who wish to remain anonymous can call 800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@
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