An 18-year-old Dorchester man was identified Thursday as the person who was fatally wounded during a daylight shooting in Dorchester on Wednesday, and authorities said a 17-year-old will face a manslaughter charge as an juvenile in the shooting.
The victim was identified by Boston police as Kareem Garnett Jr. of Dorchester. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police said.
The name of the suspect has not been released because of his age. He was to be arraigned in Dorchester Juvenile Court on Thursday, officials said. In addition to the manslaughter charge as a juvenile, the teen is facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. (Earlier Thursday, officials said the suspect was being charged as an adult, but later clarified he will currently be prosecuted as a juvenile.)
Garnett was shot near 6 Cameron St. in Dorchester just before noon on Wednesday. He was rushed to a Boston hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
Sergeant Detective John Boyle said a 16-year-old male who was arrested on gun charges at the scene on Wednesday is still under investigation for a possible connection to the attack, but that no additional charges have been filed as of Thursday. (Earlier police said the teenager was 15 years old.) He will be prosecuted in Juvenile Court, officials said.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross on Wednesday said the fact that the shooting took place in the middle of the day during school vacation week was disturbing to him, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins. “Another shooting in broad daylight — we are not happy,” he said.
The slaying is the seventh homicide in Boston this year. There were six homicides in Boston at this time in 2019.
Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call Boston homicide detectives at 617-343-4470.