Person Shot in the Head in Mattapan Overnight

Shortly after 19:30 hours last night, officers from District B-3 responded to the area of Baird Street in Mattapan for reports of a person shot. Originally officers at the station called in shots fired in the area, hearing the shooting take place less than a block away. 10 rounds were picked up in a ShotSpotter activation in the area additionally and officers followed the sounds to the scene.

The victim was found in his car, shot in the head, as well as to the body. A suspect was seen fleeing on foot towards blue hill Ave according to numerous witnesses on scene. The victim is suffering life threatening injuries and possible permanent cognitive impact. Full notifications have been made due to the seriousness of the injuries with District and Homicide Detectives, Crime Scene Response and members of the Command Staff all responding to the scene.

Boston EMS transported the victim to an area trauma center, but according to one witness “it looks really bad.” Neighbors we spoke to told us the man had just been sitting in his vehicle when the shots rang out, and after they found him shot in the back of the head.

A vehicle was stopped by the Boston and State Police Gang Unit unit fleeing the area down Blue Hill Ave away from the scene occupied by a male who fit the suspect description. A firearm was recovered, but at this time it is unknown if the incidents are related. A second female who is well known to police was detained on the scene. Both admitted to being in the area or the shooting and were transported to Headquarters for questioning.

At this time no further information is available however the victim is believed to be alive at this time, although his brain function is still to be determined.

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