Theresa Barros’s father, a Cape Verdean immigrant, was shot and killed on a summer night in 1992 as he was closing his liquor store on Harvard Street in Dorchester.
When she heard that a customer in the store, which her family continued to run, was hit Saturday night by a bullet that pierced the front window, she said she worried about her brother, who was working the register, behind a sheet of acrylic.
“My family is very upset about this. It brings back very painful wounds,” she said Sunday morning. “The only thing I was concerned about was that my brother was OK.”
Police responding to a radio call reporting a shooting at Gigi’s Liquors, 144 Harvard St., about 10:30 p.m. Saturday found two victims, the man inside the store and another on the street. Both were taken to Boston Medical Center and were expected to survive, police said in a statement. No arrests had been made as of Sunday afternoon, according to police. No other details were released.
Barros’s husband, Doug Rodman, who was working in the store Sunday, said the customer who had been shot in the arm was shaken, but “not seriously hurt.”
“It’s certainly not the first shooting in the neighborhood, and it won’t be the last shooting in the neighborhood,” Rodman said.
A woman who lives nearby said she was in her bedroom Saturday night when she heard bangs — firecrackers, she thought.
But then she heard commotion and went outside to see what happened.
“There was way too many people out here for nobody to see anything,” said the woman, who did not want to give her name out of concern for her safety. She doubted, she said, that anyone who saw the shooting would talk to police.
On Sunday, passersby said police often park their cruisers near the store to keep an eye on the area.
The store is sometimes busier when police are around, they said.
“You can see the difference,” said a man, who did not give his name, driving with a woman and a young child past Gigi’s. “If there’s a cop out here, the store will be flooded.”
Boston police recorded 120 shootings 22 of them fatal, between Jan. 1 and June 24 . Last year, during the same time period, 12 people were fatally shot.
The Saturday night shooting came days after the 21st anniversary of the death of Adriano “Gigi” Barros, shot in the head June 26, 1992, by an angry customer who later pleaded guilty to the murder.
A shirtless man in his mid-20s, Michael Hardy, had been in the store earlier that night, and molested a customer, according to prosecutors at the trial. Barros told him to leave, berating him for what he did and for being in the store bare-chested.
Hardy left, but returned 10 minutes before Barros closed the store. He pulled up his shirt to show him a .45-caliber Colt revolver.
“I’ll be back,” he said and walked out of the store.
As Barros pulled down the metal grate a little after 11 p.m., Hardy shot him twice, prosecutors said.
One bullet skimmed the top of Barros’s head. The other penetrated his skull. He was taken to Boston City Hospital, where he died the following day.
Hardy, then 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in court the year after Barros died. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Barros had opened the store in 1989, Rodman said.
“He was a hard-working Cape Verdean gentleman, only looking to provide for the family, and he basically was executed,” Rodman said Sunday.
Violence in the neighborhood always puts the family on edge, he said.
“My wife’s a mess,” he said. “It brings back memories of her dad. It’s never ending, never ending.”Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.