Overnight on Tuesday, February 22, 2023, at approximately 19:30 hours, Boston Police received a ShotSpotter activation for 59 Wilrose Street in Dorchester. Police Officers assigned to the District C-11 and B-2 both responded to the scene. While responding, Boston Police Operations received a 911 call stating that people heard 5-6 gunshots from Hamilton Street.
Upon arrival, officers found a car wreck involving a white GMC SUV had crashed into the back of a small, unidentifiable car. The sedan was smashed between the white GMC and a tree. It is assumed that the white SUV belonged to the victims, and it is unclear if the smaller car was parked or involved.
A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation confirmed that one victim was shot in the mouth and transported by EMS to Boston Medical Center. He is expected to survive. The other victim was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Authorities closed off Wilrose Street and Puritan Ave as they secured the scene. Full notifications were made, as is standard in any Homicide, and from the Crime Scene Unit, District and Homicide Detectives, Command Staff and representatives from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office were all requested to the scene.
Multiple people were taken to Police Headquarters as witnesses after an extensive canvas and investigators could be seen marking, photographing and collecting evidence late into the night. As of now, police have not released any further information on a potential suspect.
The identity of the deceased victim has not yet been released pending notification of their family and completion of an autopsy by the Medical Examiner. At this time no further information has been made available.
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) 343-4470.
Community members wishing to assist in 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.