Man Shot Dead in Bromley-Heath Projects

At approximately 18:51 hours Boston Police Officers from District E-13 and B-2 responded to the area of 950 Parker Street in the Bromley Heath Projects after a ShotSpotter activation as well as Officers hearing gunfire erupting within the project. First arriving Officers located an adult male in his 40s, between the playground and the parking lot, suffering from multiple gun shot wounds.

Officers immediately rendered aid until Boston EMTs and Paramedics arrived. The man was quickly loaded into the ambulance and rushed to a local area trauma center. Unfortunately shortly after arriving at the hospital the man succumbed to his injuries and passed away. Full notifications were made with District Detectives, the Crime Scene Response Unit Command Staff and the Homicide Unit all responding to the scene.

During a press conference at the scene Superintendent Paul Donovan, the Bureau Chief of Investigative Services assured the public that this was not a random act of violence and that they believed it had been a targeted incident. DA Rollins was also there. At this time no further information is available, and no arrests have been made.

Police did issue a BOLO for an Umari Bufford, a 26-year-old black male who is a known Heath Street Associate, in connection with the shooting. Bufford is a known EDP who is currently believed to be off his medication. Officers were also advised that Bufford may be in possession of a firearm.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting