One dead in daytime triple shooting in Mattapan

Boston Police Commissioner calls for changes after fatal daytime shooting

BOSTON — One person is dead after a triple shooting in Mattapan, according to Boston Police.

The triple shooting was reported just after 9:30 a.m. when shots were heard near Wellington Hill Street and Deering Road. Three men were sitting in a car when they were shot.

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross says one victim died and the other two are expected to survive.

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A woman, who didn't want to be identified, is a nursing assistant and ran to give aid to the two men who had fallen out of the car.

"I got fresh towels and applied tourniquets and made them raised, kept them calm, talked to them, told them my name, asked them theirs and did what I was supposed to do," she said.

She said the third victim was already dead.

Police canvassed the neighborhood and are searching for surveillance video of the gunman, but Gross says the real key to solving the crime is an eyewitness.

"We must all continue to work together. We're not asking anyone to do anything that you wouldn't want done for your loved ones and that's just a meet us halfway, help us out in these investigations," said Gross.

But residents say the neighborhood code to stay silent is pervasive. One man even told Boston 25 News that he would confront the shooter before he would call police.

Gross says he's frustrated to be at the city's 34th homicide scene this year and the suspect likely has a rap sheet.

"We are sick and tired of when we make arrests several of the individuals it's their third and fourth time with a firearm offense. Stay away orders and ankle bracelets do not work," said Gross.

Gross continued on calling judges to keep suspects in jail, instead of on the streets.

"Three officers dead. Several other people dead. Yes, judges have to be more accountable," he said.


Boston Police Commissioner William Gross providing update on triple shooting in Mattapan.

Posted by Boston 25 News on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The victims have not been identified, but Gross says all are men in their late 20s.

Gross says the shooting does not appear to be random.

Anyone with information should contact Boston Police.