• Witness: Bullet struck home during early-morning shooting in Dorchester

    By: Natalie Rubino


    BOSTON - People in the city's Dorchester neighborhood were on edge Sunday after residents were woken up to gunshots in their neighborhood. 

    And a man told Boston 25 News that he was sleeping when a bullet flew through his bedroom during the shooting around 3 a.m.

    Rickey Coplin said he heard more than 20 shots fired, but he didn't realize his house was hit until later in the morning. 

    "It just, it was just crazy. Probably about 20 to 25 shots," he said. 

    He immediately took cover after waking up to the sound of gunshots. 

    "When I heard those shots last night I got down on my face and I prayed," he said.

    With his house at the center of a crime scene, it's a good thing he did pray, because several hours later, Coplin realized the unimaginable -- a bullet had flown through his home. 

    "Right through the bedroom, yeah, right where my wife sleeps actually. Thank God she's OK and I am as well," he said.

    Boston Police responded to the scene after receiving reports of gunfire in the area of Westville Street.

    No injuries were reported. 

    One witness, who asked not to be identified, said she had never heard gunshots so close to her home before. 

    "I woke my boyfriend up and I was like, 'Do you hear that?' And he was like, 'Yeah.' And then all of the sudden there was like three right in front of my house," she said.

    "It was just really nerve-racking you know?" she said. 

    Coplin has lived in Dorchester for more than 20 years.

    "It’s gotten worse every year," he said.

    He says he doesn't know what's causing the crime. But he wants something to be done to keep the neighborhood safe. 

    "I don’t know. It’s waking me up out of my sleep and I dare not look out the windows to find out. I get down on my knees and I pray," he said.

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