A Saturday night shooting in Dorchester that left one man dead and another with non-life-threatening injuries had people in the area fearful for their safety Sunday as police continued their investigation.
The shooting, which marked Boston’s first homicide of the year, occurred in the area of 51 Washington St. shortly before 8:30 p.m., the Boston Police Department said in a statement on its website.
Officers found two men suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, according to the statement. They were taken to area hospitals; one was later declared dead.
Police on Sunday night had not released the name of the man who died. The other man was being treated for his injuries Sunday. No arrests had been made, said a police spokesman, Officer James Kenneally.
Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 617-343-4470 or leave an anonymous tip by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word “TIP” to 27463.
The shooting scene, near Washington Street’s intersections with Normandy Street and Bilodeau Road, is close to the Jeremiah E. Burke High School and the Boston Fire Department’s Engine 24 and Ladder 23.
On Sunday morning a short distance away, a 63-year-old woman said she was at home preparing dinner for her 80-year-old mother when the shooting occurred. She described hearing several gunshots fired in rapid succession.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, those are not firecrackers,’ ” the woman said, speaking down from her window. She declined to give her name out of concern for her safety.
“I couldn’t sleep last night,” she said.
The woman went outside, she said, and saw one man lying on the crosswalk at Washington and Normandy streets and another sitting on a sidewalk across the street.
The man on the crosswalk called out what sounded like someone’s name, and she could see first responders trying to save his life. Police were trying to keep people back, but she was close enough to see his face.
“He was looking, and then he was gone,” she said.
She said her thoughts turned to the victim’s mother. “It’s just sad. I can’t imagine what the mother feels,” the woman said.
Across from Normandy Street, employees and customers at Sun Pizza and Brother’s Supermarket dropped to the floor when they heard gunshots, workers at those businesses said Sunday.
A 22-year-old woman at the pizzeria said she was working when the shots rang out. She and some workers and customers hid in the back of the store until police arrived. Officers kept them at the pizzeria for about an hour, she said.
Police reviewed footage from video cameras inside the store, she said. She worried about the potential for more violence.
“Next time, it could be us . . . it was so scary,” she said.
A 30-year-old manager at the supermarket was also working when the shooting occurred. Asked if he was scared, he said: “Of course I was. Six shots, everyone hits the floor.”
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