Shots Fired in J.P. Leading to the Arrest of Suspect with Unlawful Firearm

At about 11:10 PM on Tuesday March 30, 2021, members of the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force and District B-2 Anti-Crime Unit located and arrested Reymundo Ortiz, 23, of South Boston, on firearm related charges after responding to assist at a call for shots fired in the area of 123 Heath Street in Jamaica Plain.

Officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) were on directed patrol near the Bromley-Heath Housing Development when they heard the sound of gunfire in close proximity. The officers located numerous spent shell casings and observed ballistic damage to three motor vehicles as well as one nearby residence. Witnesses reported two males fleeing on foot up Mission Hill.

As additional responding units began to canvass the area, detectives from the Boston Police Gang Unit as well as B-2 Anti-Crime Unit observed a suspect fleeing the scene on foot and observed what appeared to be an unknown heavy object concealed beneath the front of his hooded sweatshirt. Officers stopped the suspect in the area of 70 Parker Hill Avenue and performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a 9mm handgun from the suspect’s waistband. Officers noted that the 17-round magazine was completely empty and had recently been fired. Additionally, a 15 year old male was also identified and detained in relation to the shooting, but was released to his parents.

The 15 year old suspect has not been charged at this time, but may be charged as the investigation unfolds. Ortiz was placed in custody, after a brief struggle and officers having to use multiple handcuffs due to his large size, and will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.