Public Safety

Manhunt is on for killers in Woolson St. massacre

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter and Bill Forry, Managing Editor
Sep. 30, 2010

Chris Byner, who heads the city's Streetworker program, comforts grieving woman

Chris Byner, who heads the city's Streetworker program, comforts a grieving woman near the scene of Tuesday’s mass murder on Woolson Street Mattapan. AP photo by Josh Reynolds

Outraged residents and leaders called out for swift justice this week after someone murdered four people on a Mattapan sidestreet Tuesday morning — including a 2 year old-boy shot to death in his mother’s arms. The early morning incident on Woolson Street, which also left a fifth victim near death, ranks as one of the worst atrocities in Boston’s history.

Investigators have thus far been tight-lipped about the circumstances of the murders, but police sources have told the Reporter that the mayhem was the result of “a drug deal gone bad.” The carnage triggered a massive response from local officials, who have engaged the help of the FBI in mounting a manhunt, although no suspects have yet been named publicly.

The city’s Shot Spotter sensor system alerted Boston Police to the gunshots just after 1 a.m. Police from district B-3 who responded found three men and a woman lying in the street. The men had been stripped naked. Shaken officers described finding a two year-old boy, later identified as Armani Smith, clinging to his mother’s body. He died hours later at a Boston hospital.  Read more

Appeals court upholds gun convictions related to disturbance at Dorchester District Court

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the weapons-possession convictions of alleged Dorchester gang members Ferndy Elysee and Richard Davis after their vehicle was pulled over following a disturbance at Dorchester District Court in 2006.  Read more

Rash of smash-and-grabs hit cars in C-11

Reporter Staff
Sep. 28, 2010

District 11 police alerted residents this week to take precautions after a rash of car break-ins that seem to be the work of one individual or group. There were 11 break-ins overnight between last Wednesday and Thursday, according to C-11 police Capt. Richard Sexton. The incidents took place on East Street, Melvinside Terrace, Maryland St., Saxton St. and Sumner St.  Read more

Mattapan massacre scene is next-door to non-fatal shooting in August

Reporter Staff
Sep. 28, 2010

A shooting rampage at a home at 40 Woolson Street in Mattapan on Tuesday morning left four persons dead, including a toddler. A fifth victim is hospitalized and not expected to survive, according to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

Elected officials, clergy and Boston Police met with outraged residents during a community meeting on Tuesday evening at Morningstar Baptist Church to discuss the murders. Universal Hub has video from the event, including remarks from Gov. Deval Patrick.

The last shooting on Woolson Street, according to police records obtained by the Reporter, occurred a month ago at 42 Woolson St., right next door to Tuesday's shooting scene. It is not yet clear whether the Aug. 28 shooting, reported as an assault and batter with a dangerous weapon- gun at 42 Woolson Street, is related to last night's homicides.

The victim in the Aug. 28 incident survived and his identity has not been released. He was found by police just after 7 a.m. in the first-floor hallway of 42 Woolson. He had been shot in the upper torso and arms. Police searched the address but did not seize anything at the time, according to a police report.  Read more

Trooper released on own recognizance; ordered to surrender any guns

Timothy Walsh, the state trooper charged with pointing a loaded gun at an off-duty Boston cop after crashing his car while drunk, was released from custody today on condition he surrender any guns and his gun license and that he stay away from alcohol.  Read more

Man beaten and robbed at gunpoint in Columbia Point parking lot

The Boston Police Department reports a man getting out of his car in the fenced-in Sovereign Bank parking lot at 2 Morrissey Blvd. Monday night was robbed by two men, one of whom was armed with a Glock handgun.  Read more

Early morning fire on Columbia Road displaces 12

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire called in around 1:45 a.m. at 385 Columbia Rd. quickly went to two alarms and did an estimated $200,000 in damage.  Read more

Two shot, one dies

The Boston Police Department reports one of two men shot around 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, at 27 Cameron St. was pronounced dead not long after his arrival at Boston Medical Center.  Read more

Pop Warner practice halted when cops chase alleged gunman across the field

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a 17-year-old they say was toting a gun he'd just fired near Dorchester High School Tuesday night.  Read more

Codman Square pharmacist pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud

Sep. 13, 2010

A long-time Codman Square pharmacist was convicted on Monday of Medicaid fraud, federal officials said.

Amadiegwu “Joe” Onujiogu, 63, pleaded guilty before a U.S. District judge on Monday to a conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 16. He is facing ten years in prison, as well as three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.  Read more