The Boston Police Department reports officers recovered three guns in socks that had been hidden in bushes at 57 Ocean View Dr. Tuesday afternoon.
An officer responded to the location around 5 p.m. after somebody reported seeing three black males, all in their 20s, throw something into the bushes. Police report the officers found "a Colt .25 caliber loaded with 1 round in the chamber and 5 in the magazine, H&R Model 622 revolver loaded with 6 rounds, and a Kel-Tec .380 loaded with 1 round in the chamber and 7 rounds in the magazine." Each gun was inside a sock, police say.
Boston Police relay news of a weapons cache that was seized during a search of a Morton Street home by the B-3 Drug Control Unit on Tuesday (May 12). An 18 year-old man was arrested and faces a series of drugs and gun charges.
There is some encouraging news on the public safety front this week. As we report this week on Page One, official Boston Police statistics show some progress has been made in reducing violence on the streets of Dorchester and Mattapan. Read more
Parts of Dorchester erupted in gunfire on Monday night, part of spasm of violence across the city that included the shooting of a 4 year-old boy in Roxbury. In the span of a few short hours, there were shootings reported on Hamilton Street, Harvard Street, Shafter Street and Callender Street. Read more
At a community meeting held at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School last Wednesday the question heard most was, "Where did the gun come from?"
It's a non-rhetorical question that Citizens for Safety are urging people to ask after every single shooting since the majority of shootings in Boston are with illegal guns. Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino this week defended a controversial program that has drawn criticism from community members and local politicians as an unconstitutional invasion of home privacy by police. Boston police officers are launching a pilot program, dubbed "Safe Homes," to search people's homes and look for guns, but are only going into one neighborhood - Egleston Square - instead of four "high-risk neighborhoods" as initially planned. Read more
Mar. 26, 2008
The state's high court on Tuesday reversed a lower court decision to suppress evidence of illicit firearms in what officers initially thought was a case of illegal drug use.
The case stems back to the summer of 2004, when Boston Police officers entered a Dorchester apartment building to investigate a matter on the third floor but smelled "fresh marijuana" coming from a second floor apartment, according to the Supreme Judicial Court opinion. Read more
Feb. 27, 2008
A Boston Police initiative aimed at conducting consensual home inspections in search for illegal firearms got a decidedly negative reception at a packed community meeting near Franklin Park last Thursday evening. The Safe Home program, which police officials introduced in concept last fall, has not yet been launched. Police have planned to pilot the initiative in high-risk neighborhoods such as Geneva Bowdoin, Grove Hall, Egleston Square and parts of Mattapan in the coming weeks. Read more
A 20 year-old woman was killed and three others wounded by two hooded gunman Sunday night in a brazen ambush on a leafy and normally peaceful Mattapan sidestreet. The incident has ratcheted up fears of escalating gang activity in a residential section off River Street more known for its well-kept yards and tide single-family homes than for the crackle of gunfire. Read more
The city is poised to purchase a $1.5 million audio monitoring system that would allow the police department to track gunshots in sections of Boston most affected by violent crime. The city council was expected to approve a budget supplement at a meeting mid-day Wednesday to buy the system from a California-based company called SharpShooter Inc. Installation of the technology, which will include about 100 audio sensors stationed atop buildings over a six-square mile section of the city, will likely occur during the next two to three months. Read more