At approximately 02:35 hours on April 17, 2022, officers responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Beach St and Hudson St. 911 callers reported hearing as many as 12 gunshots in the area. Upon arrival officers observed 2 victims suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers jumped into action, applying multiple life saving tourniquets and rendering aid. Both victims, adult males in their 30s, were transported by Boston EMS to Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center with critical life threatening injuries.
Officers secured the scene and observed ballistic and blood evidence throughout Beach Street. Due to the serious of the incident, full notifications were made with the Homicide Unit, Crime Scene Response Unit and Command Staff all responding to the scene.
Officers were made aware of the suspected vehicle involved, a gray Honda Odyssey bearing FL Reg: QCNA35. Officers observed the vehicle as they proceeded down the off ramp of I-93N leading to the Atlantic Ave and Kneeland St. As additional officers made their way toward the suspected vehicle with emergency lights activated, the vehicle suddenly turned off its taillights and accelerated in an attempt to flee from officers.
Suspect vehicle continued at high rate of speed, ignoring several red lights and swerving around other vehicles on the road. The vehicle continued to flee until it lost control and crashed into the grassy area inside of the traffic circle at Rutherford Ave and Main St. Officers observed a small fire on the underside of the vehicle and BFD and EMS was immediately dispatched to the scene.
Officers gave commands for unknown number of occupants to not move and keep their hands visible. Three male occupants were observed suffering from injuries as a result of the crash inside the vehicle turned on its side with airbags deployed. All three were removed and immediately handcuffed. Ven Bunton, 23, of Lowell, Massachusetts and Alexio Carmello-Marquez, 24, of Tampa, FL were arrested on scene, a third male was taken into custody on scene.
Bunton was in the driver’s seat, Carmello-Marquez was partially on top of Bunton and appeared to be the rear passenger, and the third male was hanging from the front passenger side seatbelt. Officer Giblin observed a black handgun inside of the driver’s side door pocket. The firearm was pointed upside down and did not have a magazine inserted in the magazine well. None of the occupants could produce a license to carry and were transported to hospitals for treatment. The third occupant was released from custody while being treated in the hospital for a serious hand injury.
Through investigation, video footage, social media, and eye witness testimony, officers were able to determine that Carmello-Marquez did engage in a physical altercation with victim 1 outside in the roadway in front of 66 Beach Street. He is observed on multiple area cameras striking victim 1 and retrieving a firearm from his right front pocket pointing and discharging a single shot at victim 1. The muzzle flash and audible sound of the discharge is captured on multiple videos.
After the discharge, Carmello-Marquez returned the firearm to his right front pocket before fleeing the scene. Bunton engaged in a physical altercation with both victims. He is observed striking both victims multiple times with his fists. He is later observed retrieving a black firearm with a flash light affixed to the receiver from his right front side. Bunton is observed striking victim 1 with the firearm in the head causing him to stumble backward.
The light of the flashlight is illuminated prior to the strike. Bunton is then observed pointing the firearm and discharging multiple shots at victim 1, striking him multiple times, causing him to fall to the ground. Bunton turned to victim 2 and shot him as well causing him to fall. V2 was able to get to his feet and ran around the corner collapsing in front of 4 Tyler Street from his injuries.
Bunton is to be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, two counts of Assault and Battery with Intent to Murder, two counts of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Failure to Stop for Police, Reckless Operation of a Motor-Vehicle, and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License.
Carmello-Marquez is to be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Fugitive from Justice. Bunton and Carmello Marquez are expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court. The third occupant of the vehicle was not charged.
The Boston Police Department and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office 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.