A private security guard at Dorchester’s Harbor Point apartment complex shot a driver who left the scene of an accident Monday night, leaving the man with a minor head wound, Boston police said.
The man fled after the crash inside the complex area that caused minor injuries to four people in the other vehicle, including a child, Police Superintendent William B. Evans said at the scene.
Evans said Harbor Point security guards located the suspect’s vehicle after the crash, which occurred around 8 p.m., and pursued it onto Mt. Vernon Street, between Harbor Point and the John W. McCormack Middle School.
A confrontation ensued, and a guard fired a shot at the vehicle, Evans said. The man was unarmed, Evans said, but apparently tried to use his vehicle as a weapon.
Evans described the driver’s injury as a “very minor, possibly grazed wound.”
Details were not immediately available Monday night on the identity of the suspect and if he had been arrested.
Several Boston and State Police cruisers were at the scene, and two Boston Emergency Medical Services ambulances left about 15 minutes apart.
Neither ambulance used its flashing lights or siren. A man visible through the window of the second ambulance appeared to be wearing a security guard’s uniform.
Harbor Point resident Inphenitee Thomas-Harrison, 16, said she was shaken by the violence. “I lived here nearly my whole life, never heard a shot before,” she said.
Thomas-Harrison said she was walking with a friend when she heard gunfire nearby.
“I ran for my life,” she said. “I don’t know what happened to my friend.”
Resident Teofilo “Papo” Sanabria said he heard “a pop,” but initially thought it was just fireworks.
“I grew up here back in the ’70s, and I know how it was back in the ’70s; this is heaven” compared to that, he said. “Usually things like this don’t [happen].”Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.