A business owner in Jamaica Plain plans to order more bulletproof glass for his store after two people were injured in a brazen daylight shooting that riddled the storefront with bullets Wednesday afternoon.
Luis Guerrero and his brother own Pimentel Market at 340 Centre St., which is located on the corner of Wyman Street. Guerrero said the store’s bulletproof window was removed by police and taken as evidence.
He said the bulletproof glass was installed “years ago. At least 10 years ago,” and it’s supposed to be replaced “today or tomorrow.”
“We want to be as protected as we can,” Guerrero said. “We don’t want to take chances.”
Boston police Sergeant John Boyle said officers received a report of shots fired around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Centre and Wyman streets.
Police said one female was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. At first, police thought she had been shot, but then they later learned she’d been struck by broken glass. A male victim took himself to the hospital for treatment of a graze wound.
Boston police Captain John Greland spoke to reporters after the incident and indicated that the male victim had been grazed by at least one bullet.
“He was shot. He’s got a good graze right over the top of his head, and he may or may not have one to the shoulder,” Greland said.
Greland said it appeared that the male victim ran into the market and shots were fired in his direction. Two rounds hit the doorway, and “a number of shell casings” were found at the scene, he said. Police believe the woman was in the store when the shooting began, he said.
“It starts in front of the market, and he runs into the market when the shooter cuts loose,” Greland said.
Boyle said the shooter fled on foot on Centre Street toward Sunnyside Street, and as of Thursday, no arrests had been made. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, a baseball cap, white cargo shorts, and black sneakers, he said.