Man fatally shot in Roxbury development

The scene of a shooting on Smith Street in Mission Hill.
Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe
The scene of a shooting on Smith Street in Mission Hill.

A man was fatally shot Monday in the Mission Main housing development near Mission Hill in Roxbury, Boston police said.

Neighbors said they heard multiple shots and saw a victim stagger off Turquoise Way, one of the cross streets in the housing complex, into a parking lot separating the apartment rows along Smith Street and Horadan Way.

Police said the shooting was reported at 11:47 a.m. The victim, whom authorities declined to identify, was taken to the nearby Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said Nick Martin, a spokesman for Boston Emergency Medical Services. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital, the 16th homicide victim in Boston this year, police said.


As police were removing crime scene tape about 1 p.m., neighbor Segundo Santiago, 78, said that he heard three or four shots from his Smith Street apartment around 11:45 a.m.

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“Boom-boom-boom,” said his wife, Edna, describing what she heard in her kitchen.

While firefighters washed blood from the pavement mere feet from her door, a woman who said she called 911 described hearing gunshots while she watched “The Price is Right.” Then she went to the back door and watched a man she knew only as “Kai” stumble into the parking lot that separates two rows of three-story apartment buildings.

The middle-aged woman, who asked not to be identified, said two of her grandchildren previously had been shot in the neighborhood. She said her daughter ran to comfort the man until an ambulance arrived; she said the victim is a man in his 30s who lives in a nearby high-rise with his mother.

“My daughter, she helped him right there. She was calling him by his name, ‘Kai, Kai, Kai, you’re going to be OK,’ ” said the woman, who said she thought the man had been shot three times in the torso and once in the upper leg. “It was just awful.”


Segundo Santiago and others said shootings are common along Turquoise Way, a focal point within the housing complex. “This is always happening around here,” said John Hoyt, 47, who said the air conditioning unit in his window facing Turquoise Way was struck by a bullet last year.

“That house got shot up just a few weeks ago,” he said, shaking his head and gesturing across the street. “Happens all the time.”

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