Boston police took two illegal guns off the streets of Dorchester and Mattapan and arrested a pair of suspects in separate incidents Sunday evening, authorities said.
The first seizure took place around 5:10 p.m. in the area of 33 Adams St. in Dorchester, according to a Boston police statement.
Police were called for a person with a gun at that location and when they arrived, witnesses reported that “a male suspect known to the victim, accompanied by two additional suspects, had pulled out a cocked firearm and pointed it at the victim,” the release said.
Officers got a physical description of the perps and canvassed the area.
“A short time later, officers observed a shirtless male crouched down near the front passenger side of a parked motor vehicle in front of 56 East Street,” the statement said. “Officers exited their cruiser to investigate, and the male stood up and began to walk away. Officers stopped the male and returned to the vehicle to see why the male had been crouched down. Officers observed a t-shirt near the front passenger side tire. The officer grabbed the t-shirt and immediately observed a black loaded ISSC Model M22 firearm wrapped inside the t-shirt.”
The suspect, Keion Javon Rowell, 19, of Dorchester, failed to produce a firearms license and was booked on charges including “unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm,” the release said.
Then around 9:55 p.m., police nabbed another gun toting suspect on Norfolk Street in Mattapan, where a large crowd was breaking up after a shots fired call had gone out about 20 minutes earlier, according to the statement.
“The attention of the officers monitoring the crowd was suddenly drawn to a male standing in the middle of the street yelling on a cell phone,” the release said. “Officers recognized the male as 26-year-old Dimitri R. Harris of Dorchester and turned their cruiser around to investigate the disturbance. As they approached, officers observed that Harris was now standing further down the street near the driveway of 449 Norfolk Street. Harris immediately told officers that he didn’t have anything on him and gave the officers permission to check.”
Additional units canvassed the area while police stood by with Harris, and investigators keyed in on a first-floor porch, according to the statement.
“[F]rom there, officers observed a black firearm on the garage roof,” police said. “Officers recovered the loaded Ruger LCP 380 Auto firearm and arrested Harris. Harris was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and trespassing.”
The statement concluded with a message, written in block capital letters, praising police for snatching hundreds of illegal guns off city streets this year.
“AS WE ENTER THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR AND THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY, BOSTON POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BRAVELY TAKEN OVER 320 ILLEGAL FIREARMS OFF THE STREETS OF BOSTON SO FAR IN 2018,” the release said. “WE AT THE BPD CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT #ONELESSGUN WILL LEAD TO #ONELESSTRAGEDY.”