On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at approximately 19:15 hours, Boston EMTs, Boston Police officers assigned to District C-11, B-2 and B-3, as well as tactical assets, the Gang Unit, and the K-9 Unit all responded to multiple 911 calls reporting that a person had been shot in a barber shop at 145 Washington Street in Dorchester. The callers stated to the dispatcher that the man’s injuries looked very severe.
First on scene at Celebrity Cut Barber Shop were Officers from the District B-3 Anti-Crime Unit. Immediately they began CPR on the unresponsive man who sources tell us is believed to have been working at the shop and requested a push on EMS.
Sources tell us that he was shot at least one time in the head from a close distance. The Boston EMS Shift Commander arrived shortly after the Officers and quickly determined that even with all attempts to intervene, the man was non-viable. Boston Police have identified the man as Herman Maxwell Hylton, 43, of Roxbury.
Full notifications were made by the patrol supervisor on scene due to the nature of the incident. Detectives from the Homicide Unit, as well as officers from the Crime Scene Response Unit responded to begin investigating this brutal murder. In addition to these investigators, members of the Command Staff and District Attorney’s Office also responded to the scene.
Officers quickly worked to close the area around the shop and began searching for witnesses and evidence. Neighbors we spoke to on scene report that they heard two shots coming from the shop during the time frame of the murder. Officer did obtain a suspect description of involved parties however at this time they have not made it public.
Although the location of the shooting is less than a block away from the infamous Morse Street Gang’s home tuft, law enforcement sources we spoke to were unable to confirm if this was in fact gang related violence as the motive behind this brazen shooting is still unknown. The shop where this occurred is no stranger to violence, Boston Police have responded to the store multiple times for incidents. One of these incidents left the pictured holes in the front glass that were papered over with leaflets for local rappers.
The string of fatal shootings over the past few days finally brought Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox out of hiding to address the public. In a now rare occasion, both visited the scene of the homicde where they made short statements but did not offer solutions to the mounting wave of violent crime that has been plaguing minority and low income areas over the past few weeks. Cox asks for the public’s support during this difficult time, saying, “We’re all fed up, we’re doing all we can to make sure that we are in the right place at the right time.”
In another empty, and self service statement, Mayor Wu did not offer any solutions or direct plans of action, instead repeating what seemingly is her go to line of, “My heart is heavy”. She went on to say, “the families who will be forever changed from what took place tonight, and the friends and loved ones who have lost someone very important to them, and to this entire community, which has already been reeling from incidents over the last couple weeks.”
Kevin Hayden calls this incident a “brazen shooting,” and investigators believe that this was in fact a targeted attack and not a random shooting. Part of this is the evidence of the shooting occurring inside of the shop a close range. The public was urged multiple times that anyone with information should come forward so that the victim and his family can see justice served.
The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4335.
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 help this investigation in an anonymous manner.