An arrest was made after a fatal late-night shooting in Dorchester, police say.
Officers responded to the sound of shots fired while they were on patrol near the Fabian Gas Station
on Washington Street around 11:35 p.m. Saturday night.
HAPPENING NOW: Sister of employee shot to death last night at Fabian gas station in #Dorchester says he was mugged at same location two years ago and she wanted him to quit then. Tomorrow would have been his 69th birthday. Stay with @boston25 for more. pic.twitter.com/Od3HnAcoK4— Jim Morelli (@MorelliJim) October 7, 2018
Police say they found a man in his early 60's suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, who was transported to the hospital and later pronounced dead.
The victim has been identified as 68-year-old Jose Luis Phinn-Williams.
"It's devastating," said Mayra Cardona, Phinn-William's sister. "Devastating. It's just so sad."
BREAKING: @bostonpolice tell #Boston25 that a male in his 60's was shot and has died after an apparent armed robbery at Fabian Gas Station in Dorchester late last night. BPD has arrested the suspect, 21 y/o Kevin Williams of Dorchester.— David Rothstein (@TheDRnews) October 7, 2018
An investigation showed a man allegedly approached the Phinn-William, who was working at the gas station, and shot him during an apparent attempted robbery.
"He would do anything to help anybody, and this was a senseless, senseless murder just to get a couple of dollars and it's not fair," said Rosa Phinn-Williams, one of the victim's sisters.
Phinn-Williams' sisters learned of his passing from the hospital on Sunday morning, the day of what should have been his 69th birthday.
"They were really sorry, they were trying to save him but but the bullet went through his heart there was nothing they could do," said Rosa Phinn-Williams.
HAPPENING NOW: Sisters of shooting victim in Dorchester hold up his picture. 68-year-old shot to death last night while working at gas station. More on @boston25 news at 10. pic.twitter.com/x4kqtzS0eB— Jim Morelli (@MorelliJim) October 7, 2018
After a detailed suspect description was given out, officers found 21-year-old Dorchester native Kevin Williams and placed him into custody after identifying him. (Editor's note: All charges against Kevin Williams were dropped by prosecutors on Nov. 16, 2018. Another man was arrested on murder charges on April 8, 2019).
Williams will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and attempted robbery.
This wasn't the first time Phinn-Williams was a victim of a crime at the Fabian Gas station. A couple of years ago, he was robbed on Halloween night and didn't return to work for the next six months. His sister told him to never go back to the job, but he did.
Phinn-Williams worked at the gas station for about 10 years.
His sisters say they are now are struggling with how they're going to tell their mother about Phinn-Williams' passing.
"She's 88, we don't know how she's going to deal with something like this," said Cardona. "We just don't know what to do. We're kind of lost."
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