B-3 Officers Catch Suspect MInutes After Brazen Daylight Shooting

At about 4:43 PM on Friday, September 17, 2021, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested Azariah Rice, 28, of Hyde Park on multiple charges after responding to a call for a person shot in the area of 590 Walk Hill Street in Mattapan.

On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and extremities. The victim was quickly transported by Boston EMS to a local area hospital with injuries that are considered to be very serious but the victim is expected to survive at this time.

Due to the severity of the victims injuries phone notifications were made with a Homicide Detectives in the Crime Scene Response Unit being called to the scene. Shell casings could be seen scattered across the street and numerous other evidence markers were placed on pieces of evidence down the length of the block.

As officers began to canvass the area, they observed an individual matching the given suspect description walking away from the crime scene on Blue Hill Avenue near Hazelton Street. Officers noted that the male party had his right arm pinned against his body as he walked. When the officers stopped to exit their vehicle and speak with the suspect, he immediately took off running.

The officers were able to stop the suspect following a brief foot pursuit at which time they performed a pat frisk leading to the recovery of a partially loaded 9mm Taurus G2C handgun from the pocket of the suspect’s shorts.

The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.

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.