One of the two men allegedly involved in a shootout on a Mattapan street that killed a 74-year-old woman Saturday evening was the victim’s grandson and had brought trouble to the home before, according to court documents.
Anthony Davis, 37, and the other man were both wounded in the shooting, which neighbors said sprayed bullets across Mattapan Street near his family’s house and sent people running for cover. Davis’s grandmother, Eleanor Maloney, known by neighbors as a sweet woman who worked for 44 years at Boston Medical Center, was caught in the crossfire.
Davis was charged with illegal gun possession and being an armed career criminal. He pleaded not guilty at his hospital room arraignment on Monday and was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail. The second man has not been charged.
A 2009 search warrant identifies Maloney as Davis’s grandmother. Boston police and Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s office both declined to confirm that Davis was Maloney’s grandson. Reached by phone, Maloney’s family members said they were too distraught and busy planning her funeral to speak.
Friends and neighbors described Maloney, who was originally from Barbados, as an “angel” without a mean bone in her body. Maloney had retired in 2015 from Boston Medical Center, according to the hospital. She had worked in the operating room, her colleague Phyllis David said on Sunday. Maloney was on the job the day of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, helping with the hospital’s response to the wounded, David said.
Neighbors remembered Maloney sitting on her porch at 17 Mattapan St. when the weather was nice, smiling and enjoying the sunshine.
But her grandson struggled. Court documents show Davis was sentenced to three years in Cedar Junction MCI after Boston police were tipped off in 2009 that he and his brother were running a gun-selling operation out of the basement of their grandmother’s home.
In a search warrant affidavit, police wrote that Davis and his brother talked to an informant about selling a gun and showed off several weapons, including an AR-15. When police searched 17 Mattapan St. on March 31, 2009, they found three guns, cocaine, marijuana, and ammunition — and, upstairs, Davis’s family members, including Maloney.
Davis was convicted on gun and drug charges. The outcome of his brother’s case was not immediately available.
Davis’s life has been filled with outbursts of violence. As a teenager, he was found delinquent in Juvenile Court of armed assault with intent to rob and armed robbery, and convicted in Dorchester District Court of possession of a Class B controlled substance with intent to distribute, according to court documents. As an adult, he was convicted of assault and battery in 2005.
But the most serious brush Davis had with the law came in 2004, when he was accused of executing a man at a pizza shop.
On Davis’s 22nd birthday, he and his brother allegedly went to the Zodiac Club in Mattapan, and by 2 a.m., walked into Joseph’s Pizza Shop, where, prosecutors said, they ran into 23-year-old Barcelone Luc. Luc, Davis, and Davis’s brother got into a verbal argument, according to court documents, and Luc walked outside. Davis allegedly put a gun to Luc’s head and fired.
Davis was charged with murder, but after one trial in which the jury deadlocked, a second jury found him not guilty.
When Davis allegedly found himself in a shootout on his grandmother’s street Saturday, he had only recently been released from behind bars, after being sentenced to six years in state prison on a 2013 gun charge, according to court documents.
Residents of Mattapan Street said they were scarred by the outburst of violence, and were left wondering whether their neighborhood was safe.
City Council President Andrea Campbell vowed to work to stop the violence, and remember Maloney.
“Eleanor Maloney loved and was loved by her community, and cared for the people of Boston for 44 years at BMC,” Campbell said in a statement Monday. “We will cherish her legacy & memory, and do more to address trauma and violence. Mrs. Maloney’s life — not her senseless murder — represents what Mattapan is all about.”
Anyone with information on Maloney’s killing is asked to call Boston police homicide detectives at 617-343-4470. Leave an anonymous tip by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS, or texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).