Boston police were questioning a suspect Wednesday night in a brazen daytime shooting earlier in Dorchester that left a young man dead and neighborhood residents shaken.
Officers responded to the shooting call on Dudley Street near Wendover Street at about 1:25 p.m, police said. The victim, who was in his mid-20s, was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Boston police Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman, said that another man in his 20s was being questioned in the shooting late Wednesday. He had not been charged by Wednesday night.
“Boston police are investigating whether or not this incident was gang-related,” said Kenneally.
The victim’s name was withheld, pending family notification.
A large stretch of Dudley Street and several side streets were cordoned off with police tape as officers photographed the crime scene and searched for evidence. At least eight evidence markers, apparently for ballistics, were visible late in the afternoon at the scene, a normally busy area that is home to several small businesses, but also has young men who loiter and cause trouble, residents said.
Mike Santos, 22, said he believes that more police cruisers should be posted throughout the city. “I just think a lot of this could end,” Santos said. “There’s enough taxpayers here, people who want their community to be safe.”
Salomao Amado, 60, who owns a business located near the scene, said he saw police cruisers and knew something was amiss. He did not witness the attack. “It’s just something you regret,” he said, “that someone lost a life.”
The killing was the city’s 23d of the year, compared with 16 at this time last year, police said.
Police told about 20 neighborhood residents during a community meeting around the corner from the crime scene Wednesday night that officers would increase patrols in the Wendover Street area, including more frequent visits by the bicycle unit and officers walking beats.
“All we can do is try to saturate the area,” said Deputy Superintendent Joseph Harris.