EAST BOSTON- A shooting occurred just after midnight leading to Boston Police calling for full notifications of the Homicide Unit. According to police radio traffic, the victim, an adult male in his early 20s, was found shot in the face inside La Chiva restaurant at 259 Bennington Street after he ran into the establishment looking for help.
Boston EMS and Police Officers from District A-7 immediately responded to the scene, treating the victim and then transporting him to a local trauma center with injuries that at the time were considered to be serious and life-threatening. A second man who was with the victim was also taken to the hospital with blunt injuries to his head. As of this morning, we have been told by Boston Police that both men are expected to survive.
According to the victims, the shooting was the result of an armed carjacking gone wrong. Officers were able to locate a crime scene near 500 Boarder Street, almost a mile from where the two men were found.
District Detectives and members from the Crime Scene Response Unit could be seen working the scene, collecting evidence, and conducting a canvas of the area throughout the early morning. A spokesperson for the Boston Police was unable to provide further information on the incident but did confirm that no arrests have been made at this time.
The shooting has sent shockwaves through the East Boston community, as well as the city as a whole leaving many residents on edge. This is just one of many shootings throughout the city which have left citizens and politicians alike, calling for a change and additional police. The shooting has once again highlighted the need for stronger action on gun violence and support of the police in Boston and beyond.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to come forward, as they work to piece together what exactly happened in the early hours of this morning.
The Boston Police Department is asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact A-7 Detectives at (617) 343-4234. Community members can also provide information anonymously by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).
This is a developing story, and we will continue to bring you updates as more information becomes available.