Another brazen daytime shooting results in homicide on Paxton Street

District Attorney Kevin Hayden and Boston Police responded this afternoon to another brazen daytime homicide, this time at the corner of Paxton and Harvard Streets in Dorchester- one in a string of violent incidents over the past three weeks and another in the trend of daytime shootings.

Authorities said an adult male in his mid-30s was shot at the scene and passed away from those injuries.

There are no suspects at the time, said DA Hayden.

“It’s another unfortunate incident and another brazen shooting in the middle of the day,” said Hayden in a news conference. “We simply have too many guns, and we have gun violence that impacts our communities in tragic and unforeseen ways; and it does so quickly. We continue to be concerned and do everything we can in this and every other investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Police responded to the scene at 1:13 p.m. for a call of shots being fired and found the victim by the street. He did not survive, officials said, and has not been named yet. There was some conjecture at the scene that a dump truck left there might have been connected in some fashion – perhaps something the victim had been driving before the shooting.

The shooting was described as a drive-by shooting on social media.

The investigation is active, and DA Hayden and BPD called on anyone who might have seen something to drop a tip on their anonymous line: (800) 494-TIPS. Hayden pointed out there is a youth center just up the street, and the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club a few blocks from the scene.

“We have a youth center right by here and we need to continue to be vigilant,” he said.

The continued violence follows a weekend where one man was murdered on Orlando Street in Mattapan, and another in the South End.

On Sunday, six people were shot in three different incidents in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park within the span of one hour – including the homicide on Orlando Street. It adds to a string of gun violence and other violence that has consistently troubled the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Mattapan stretching back to August.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Greater Mattapan Neighborhood Council (GMNC) issued a letter to elected officials calling for them to help the community form real solutions.

“The GMNC appreciates the heartfelt responses to the violence, we all agree that these are never enough,” read the letter in part. “It is very easy to point fingers and make statements that we need this programming or that programming; a community becomes proactive when it can use issue-based facts to respond to whatever is driving the violence. Our Council looks forward to working with the types of groups mentioned above to become part of the solution.”


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