UPDATE: Prosecutors say taking this gun off the street might have prevented another shooting.
“If his intent was to retaliate for that earlier shooting,” Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said in a statement, “then Boston Police may well have saved a life when they made this arrest.”
Hours after a person was shot at Wyman and Centre streets, police recovered a gun a block away. But it isn’t clear if there’s a connection between the two incidents.
The shooting took place about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday near but not inside Pimentel Market, police confirmed. The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
Later, while on patrol nearby, police saw a group of five young men at Mozart Park. According to police, one of the men reached into his waistband and threw away a shiny metal object. Police report finding a handgun on Priesing Street in the direction where he threw the object.
18-year-old Emmanuel Pena of Roxbury was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun. According to a police spokesperson, the young man asked police why they were arresting him instead of looking for the person who shot his friend.
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[Editor’s note: This item has been updated with a statement from the district attorney and the name of the person arrested.]