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One person shot amid early morning J’ouvert festivities

And Dorchester man arrested for gun possession; police did not say whether the incidents were connected.

A person was shot Saturday in Dorchester amid the early morning J’ouvert festivities, according to Boston police.

The injuries were not life-threatening, said Boston Police Sergeant Detective John Boyle. Police made an arrest, he said Saturday morning, and a firearm was recovered.

Later in the day police posted a statement that said officers apprehended Edinson Rosario, 26, who had a loaded gun around 6:45 a.m.

Rosario, of Dorchester, was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and of ammunition, and is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court, according to the statement.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, the shooting was still under investigation, said officer Andre D. Watson.


Police gave no further information and did not say if Rosario was connected to the shooting of the person.

J’ouvert — which translates to “daybreak” and traditionally follows a night of parties — began at 5 a.m. Saturday near Millet Street and Talbot Avenue in Dorchester.

Participants typically parade through the streets, some wearing horned headpieces, while covering themselves in paint and dancing to drums. The celebration of the annual Caribbean Carnival.

The parade and the parties have involved bursts of violence in the past.

In 2014, Dawnn Jaffier, 26, was shot in the head and died after she was caught in crossfire from a gang-related shooting at J’ouvert.

In 2021, a man was fatally stabbed at the parade. In 2015, multiple shootings at pre-parade parties left a man dead.

And in 2019, a non-fatal shooting broke out in front of police who were cleaning the streets after J’ouvert.

Camille Caldera was a Globe intern in 2022.Follow her on Twitter @camille_caldera.