One man dead, another injured, in Charlestown shooting

Police tape stretched across Decatur Street in Charlestown, beneath the Tobin Bridge, after two men were shot, one fatally, on Thursday night.
Police tape stretched across Decatur Street in Charlestown, beneath the Tobin Bridge, after two men were shot, one fatally, on Thursday night.Jeremy C. Fox for the Boston Globe

One man was fatally shot and another seriously injured as they sat in a car in Charlestown Thursday night, according to Boston police.

Police received 911 calls reporting the shootings near 74 Decatur St. and a car crash in the same area at 7:29 p.m., police said.

“On arrival, they located two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds,” Commissioner William G. Gross said at the scene.

The victim, who is believed to be in his mid-20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The injured man was taken to a hospital, Gross said. He suffered life-threatening injuries, according to Sergeant Detective John Boyle, a Boston police spokesman.


Gross said the violence “does not appear to be random at all.” He said the sequence of events that led to the shootings is under investigation.

“The radio call came in for shots fired simultaneously with a call for a motor vehicle accident, so you can definitely surmise that it was in motion and then came to a rest because of the conditions of the operator and passenger,” Gross said.

He asked anyone with information about the shootings to call 1-800-494-TIPS.

“The successes that we have had in bringing people to justice was because of the neighborhood,” Gross said. He added later, “The neighborhoods of Boston are not desensitized to violence, and they are helping the police with investigations.”

Decatur Street lies at the edge of the Boston Housing Authority’s Charlestown development, in the shadow of the Tobin Memorial Bridge. On Thursday night, the street was blocked by yellow police tape and a parked police SUV with blue lights flashing at the intersection with Vine Street.

Many children and parents live near the shooting scene and residents can contact the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team at 617-431-0125, he said.

“The mayor, myself, and the district attorney are committed to working in partnership to reduce the numbers of crimes committed by firearms,” Gross said. “And we need your help too.”


Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins, who was also at the scene, said that just as neighborhood children and parents “are ramping back up to go to school, this violence is happening right in front of where they live.”

“Boston police are working tirelessly to make sure we get answers,” she said. “And this community deserves answers as to who these individuals are, what they were doing here, and making sure that they’re going to be safe in the future.”

The death marks the 43rd homicide in Boston this year, compared to 29 at this time in 2019, a year when homicides in Boston reached a 20-year low, Boyle said at the scene.

It is the first homicide this year in Charlestown, Gross said.

Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com.