Booking Photo and Report: From Victim to Shooter to Repeat Offender, Jenry Gonzalez Arrested Again for firearm Possession 

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Mayor Thomas Menino and Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole walk past youths on Washington Street in the South End today. (Globe Staff Photo / Justine Hunt) 2004

In 2004, then 11-year-old Jenry Gonzalez was the poster child of an innocent kid hurt by city gun violence. According to a Boston Globe article, “As Jenry ran a drill at the edge of the football field, a gunman came charging along the nearby basketball court, firing multiple rounds at a guy on a bicycle. The biker tried to dodge the bullets by pedaling toward the field packed with more than 80 football players, who ranged in age from 7 to 15. When the coaches heard the gunfire, they yelled for the kids to run for cover behind a storage shed at the other end of the field. Jenry complied, running as fast as he could until he felt the blood shooting from his chest and collapsed to the ground. The intended victim got away on his bike, unharmed. Jenry was rushed to the hospital, his blood pressure plummeting.”

18 years later, Gonzalez is a well known criminal with a conviction for Assault and Battery with a dangerous weapon (firearm) conviction and multiple charges of illegal possession of firearms according to Police records the Live Boston team obtained. 

On Sunday July 5, 2015, officers from the Gang Unit arrested Gonzaleze on firearm related charges in the area of 36 Savin Street in Roxbury according to a post on BPD News.  Officers were in the area on directed patrol in response to several recent incidents of shootings, shots fired and gang related activities.  Officers observed a suspect who was known to them as Jenry Gonzalez, 22 of Boston, walking on Quincy Street and pulled their cruiser over to speak with him. 

As officers approached, the suspect suddenly took off running while clutching at the right side of his waistband area.  The suspect led the officers on a lengthy foot chase through several backyards, hopping over fences while trying to evade them.  As officers gained ground on the suspect, they observed him discard what was later revealed to be a Walther .22 caliber handgun (see photo).  Officers were able to place the suspect in custody and recover the firearm.  It was later revealed that the gun had been stolen in 2011 from Leominster MA.

In 2021 Gonzalez was again arrested by members of the Gang Unit by virtue of a warrant issued out of Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition without an FID card, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling, Trespassing, Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Armed Assault to Murder.

According to the Boston Police, on July 5, 2021, officers assigned to B-2 responded to a report of a person shot at 198 Harold Street in Roxbury.  On arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from non-life threatening injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital by Boston EMS for treatment. A subsequent investigation revealed that the shooter was Gonzalez according to a BPD News report

The latest arrest again comes after another interaction with the Gang Unit according to BPD News. At about 1:32 P.M., on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street in Roxbury and made an on-site arrest of Jenry Gonzalez, 29, of Roxbury, and a 17-year-old juvenile male on firearm charges.

Officers were on directed patrol in the area of Columbus Avenue and observed a motor vehicle with excessive window tint. Officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Columbus Avenue and Tremont Street. Officers approached the vehicle and, upon making contact with the occupants, immediately recognized several occupants from prior interactions. The occupants were removed from the vehicle, and while conducting a pat-frisk of the vehicle, officers recovered two loaded firearms. Gonzalez and the juvenile male were both placed into custody without further incident.

The firearms were determined to be a Glock 43 loaded with four (4) rounds and a Smith and Wesson 9mm with eleven (11) rounds. 

Jenry Gonzalez is to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court for Unlawful Possession of ammunition, two (2) counts of Carrying a loaded firearm, two (2) counts of Unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of a firearm with one prior violent/drug crime, and excessive window tint. 

The juvenile male is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Juvenile Division on charges of delinquent to wit Unlawful Possession of ammunition, two (2) counts of Carrying a loaded firearm, two (2) counts of Unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a large capacity feeding device.