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Man arrested in nonfatal shooting that caused lockdown at Museum of Fine Arts

In a statement to the Globe, the museum (pictured in 2019) said the building’s doors were locked for an hour Saturday in response to a report of a shooting nearby.© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A 27-year-old man was arrested Saturday after another man was shot multiple times near the Museum of Fine Arts, which temporarily went into lockdown, according to police and museum officials.

A man called Boston police from a nearby parking lot at 11:11 a.m. to report he’d been shot in his leg, Boston police Officer Kim Tavares said in a phone interview. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital by Boston EMS, she said.

He called from the area of 491 Huntington Ave., a short distance from the museum, Tavares said. A second caller shortly afterward reported hearing shots fired, she said.


Officers were given a description of the suspect and arrested Marcello Holliday in front of Boston Police Headquarters, police said in a statement.

The museum, in a statement to the Globe, said the building’s doors were locked for an hour in response to the shooting.

“The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), swiftly enacted safety protocols on Saturday, July 23, in response to a police investigation of an active shooting within close proximity to the Museum,” the statement said.

Visitors and staff were advised to remain in a secure location, the museum said.

“The Museum reopened at 12:30 pm after receiving confirmation from the Boston Police that it was safe to do so,” the statement said.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu praised the police response to the shooting.

“Our Boston police officers have been doing the tough and impactful work, day and night, of taking illegal guns off our streets. I’m grateful for the officers responding quickly today at the MFA, from the immediate coordination with community partners to swift action identifying those involved and keeping our residents and visitors safe,” Wu said in the statement issued by the police department

Holliday will be arraigned in the Roxbury division of Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault to murder while armed, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm, police said.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com. Nick Stoico can be reached at nick.stoico@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickStoico.