Man killed, woman critically injured in Dorchester shooting

 A man stopped near the scene of a shooting in Dorchester.
A man stopped near the scene of a shooting in Dorchester.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

A man was killed and a woman suffered serious injuries in a shooting early Saturday in Dorchester, according to Boston police.

At approximately 12:05 a.m., police arrived at the area around 6 Dudley Terrace, according to a statement from Boston police.

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said officers went to Dudley Terrace after the city’s Shotspotter system detected gunshots there and found two wounded people on the street: a 36-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman.

The man died at Boston Medical Center, but the woman is expected to live, said Evans in an interview before a morning meeting with city residents in Dudley Square.


“She was hurt bad, but she’s going to survive,” Evans said.

Investigators are looking for a black man in a blue hoodie who ran from Dudley Terrace and took a left on Dudley Street headed toward Columbia Road, the commissioner said. No arrests had been made as of early Saturday evening.

“We need the public’s help,” Evans said. “It looks like clearly they were targeted because there [weren’t] a whole lot of people out at that time.”

Relatives of the man who died, many of them crying, were gathered Saturday afternoon on the porch of a Whitby Terrace house.

There was a visible police presence on Dudley Terrace throughout the day as word of the shooting quickly spread through the neighborhood.

A Boston police vehicle remained at the shooting scene on Saturday.
A Boston police vehicle remained at the shooting scene on Saturday.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

“A man got killed there yesterday!” said a man to people watching the officers work as he walked by on Dudley Street Saturday afternoon.

Near the site of the shooting, a neighbor on Quincefield Street who declined to give his name, said he heard what sounded like gunshots late Friday night.

“It sounded like a big gun,” he said. “Boom, boom, boom.”

Neighbors said the area — the Uphams Corner neighborhood, near the Roxbury line — has struggled with crime but also has improved significantly over the past few years since law enforcement installed cameras nearby at the request of the community.


A group of young people who used to hang out in the area moved after the cameras were installed, neighbors said.

“It’s not a hundred percent [better] but it’s better than before,” said another neighbor who declined to give his name.

“Still,” he said, “It’s gotta stop.”

“God bless the family,” said another young man.

Speaking Saturday at an event for My Brother’s Keeper in Roxbury, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said the deadly shooting occurred during what has so far been a relatively peaceful summer.

“I got a text last night at 3 a.m. from Commissioner Evans telling me a young person had been killed again in Boston,” Walsh said. “Our work is never done.”

Evans said the death of the man marked the 22nd homicide in the city this year.

The shooting remains under investigation. Police have asked anyone with information to contact the Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470.

Globe correspondents Vivian Wang, Benjamin Smith, and Samantha J. Gross contributed to this report. Laura Crimaldi can be reached at laura.crimaldi@globe.com. Nicole Fleming can be reached at nicole.fleming@globe.com.