BOSTON — A father of two was shot and killed on Woodrow Avenue in Dorchester late Thursday, Boston Police said, marking the city’s eighth homicide of 2020.
On Saturday morning, Boston Police released an investigation update, identifying the man who died as Marcos Blanco, 42, of Dorchester.
Around 11:11 p.m. on Thursday night, police responded to a radio call of a person shot near 89 Woodrow Ave. They found Blanco with life-threatening injuries, suffering from a gunshot wound, according to a statement from Boston Police. The man was brought to a hospital where he died.
Boston 25 News spoke with a woman who said he was her ex-husband and the father of their two children.
“He was a really good person, he didn’t deserve to die like that,” she said.
She told us he lived in the basement of the building and was found shot and tied up, making her think he may have been targeted.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross would not comment on whether the shooting was gang-related, only that they are looking into it.
“We do have the apartment frozen. We want to gather any, all evidence to help facilitate the investigation,” Gross said.
This is the second fatal shooting in Dorchester this week. An 18-year-old was shot and killed on Cameron Street Wednesday, in the middle of the afternoon; two teens have been arrested in connection with that shooting.
According to police, eight homicides this year is an increase from last February when the department reported six.
On Friday night, one person was shot at a BP gas station in Hyde Park, leaving neighbors shaken up.
Boston Police confirmed the victim was transported to a local hospital while they investigated the scene. A second scene was also being investigated at nearby Bow Street.
The sudden uptick in shootings this week across the city has caused concern among residents as well as law enforcement members.
A program established by law enforcement in the city is helping probationers get a second chance, in hopes of ending this cycle of violence.
“As long as someone stays busy, they don’t have time to get in trouble," said Samuel Jean-Baptiste, one of four graduates from a culinary arts program.
“It’s incumbent upon us to educate people about second chances and that was done here today with the four individuals who graduated," said Commissioner Gross.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-IPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).