Woman shot in Dorchester Friday night

A woman in her 20s who was was shot on Van Winkle Street in Dorchester Friday night is expected to survive, according to Boston police.

A resident of the quiet dead-end street, which is lined by towering old trees and large homes, said Saturday that he was settling in to watch a movie with his family at about 10:30 p.m. Friday night when he heard about five “pops.”

The resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he initially thought the sounds were fireworks. But he quickly realized that didn’t make sense, he said: it was raining, and it was unlike his neighbors to be lighting fireworks late at night.


When he went to his window, he said, he saw the legs of a woman lying on the sidewalk. He called 911.

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“When something like that happens in front of your home, it makes you think of society and what we do and what we don’t do,” he said. “You think, wasn’t there something also I could have done? Or society could have done? To prevent these issues. ... We’re not reaching everyone.”

After he called 911, he said the woman began calling, “Help! Help!”

He wanted to rush outside, he said, but his wife stopped him -- they didn’t know if whoever committed the shooting was still out there.

The man said he had not heard any people outside or any car pulling down the street before or after the shooting.


Police arrived within minutes, he said. Officers told him that they did not believe the woman was from the area. The man and other neighbors said they did not know who she was. Police towed a car from the street in the early morning hours, the man said.

Boston police spokeswoman Officer Rachel McGuire said the woman’s injuires are not life-threatening. The motive for the shooting remained under investigation, she said, and no arrests have been made.

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