One man is dead in Mattapan and a second man was wounded in early-morning shooting
A fatal early-morning shooting in Mattapan Sunday that left one man dead and another man injured has left residents angered that violence has struck so close to home.
“People have no respect,” said a longtime resident who gave her name as Lillie. “It’s time for the senseless killing to stop.”
A community meeting is being planned to allow residents to meet with Boston police and local political leaders to discuss the shooting that happened before dawn in the area of Osceola Street and Hopewell Road, said City Councilor Timothy McCarthy, whose district includes the neighborhood.
“This is upsetting. There are a lot of people who have lived in that neighborhood a real long time, and there is a lot of concern,” McCarthy said.
Sunday’s fatal shooting is the 30th homicide for the year, according to Officer Stephen McNulty, a Police Department spokesman. At this point in 2017, there were 29 homicides, he said.
The shooting was the third homicide in Mattapan so far this year, according to Officer James Kenneally, another police spokesman. At this point in 2017, there were seven homicides in Mattapan, he said.
Throughout the day Sunday, Boston police continued to investigate the shooting, which was reported at 4:24 a.m., according to a statement on the department’s website. Officers who responded found two men suffering from gunshot wounds; both were taken to area hospitals.
One of the men, described as being in his late 20s by police, was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other shooting victim remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the police statement.
Police did not identify the victims, and there were no updates to the investigation Sunday afternoon, said Kenneally.
On June 1, Jocelin Nordeus, 58, of Mattapan, was found by police suffering from stab wounds in the 500 block of River Street, about a half-mile from Sunday’s double shooting. Nordeus later died from his injuries at a local hospital, police said.
The man charged in Nordeus’s murder, Kenton Thomas, 32, was ordered held without bail during his arraignment Friday in Dorchester Municipal Court.
And on May 15, Garfield Thomas, 33, also of Mattapan, was found with a gunshot wound on Evelyn Street. Thomas was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said. Police have not announced an arrest in the case, which took place about a mile and a half from Sunday’s shootings.
Although the city hasn’t returned to the levels of violence that occurred during the 1980s and 1990s, local leaders need to continue to support violence prevention programs and law enforcement efforts to get guns off the street, said Emmett Folgert, the executive director of the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, which provides services for low-income and at-risk young people, including mentoring and help finding jobs.
“The state, the city, business, and the community, we all got to work together to do this,” Folgert said. “Once we knock violence down, we can continue to work on issues that are a lot more heartening to work on, such as community and youth development.”
By late Sunday morning, the neighborhood where the double shooting took place was quiet, with little sign of the earlier violence aside from a bit of police tape tied to a fence. The area is a mix of rental properties and single-family homes, residents who spoke to the Globe said.
Lillie, who was interviewed at her front door, described a loud “boom” that jostled her awake around 4 a.m.
She first wondered if it was a firecracker, but realized something serious had happened when she saw police searching the area shortly afterwards.
She said she hopes that witnesses to the shooting will come forward, but her thoughts Sunday were with the family of the man who died.
“I feel bad for the parents. It’s another mourning mother and father for a child,” she said.
Lillie has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years, and said residents are friendly with each other and attend monthly meetings with Boston police. She said she credits police for working to keep the neighborhood safe, but they can’t be everywhere at once.
“They are doing the best they can,” Lillie said.
Another resident of the neighborhood, who gave her name as J. White, said she was angered when she learned that a deadly shooting had occurred just a few doors from her home.
A stray bullet can strike a house, she said, and innocent bystanders could be hurt.
“They’re putting the rest of the community in danger,” she said of the shooter.
White said she is also frustrated that lawmakers in Washington haven’t done more to tighten access to guns.
“How come we can’t control guns in this country?” White said. “It doesn’t make any damn sense.”
Map: Location of shooting