Boston Police report they chased a speeding vehicle through neighborhood streets before blocking the car in at the Morton Street rotary. Police report on their blog that the vehicle was doing about 45 mph in a nearby residential area when members of the gang unit saw it about 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday. The cops turned on the blue light on their cruiser and the vehicle sped away, police say. Police claim that because the windows of the car were down when they stopped it and that they were familiar with the people inside, they searched to see if anything had been thrown out of the vehicle during the chase. They allegedly found two loaded guns along the route.
In December 2014 a political artist from Jamaica Plain created a piece of public art as a commentary on the number of children killed by guns on a daily basis. That piece was made of painted children's chairs attached to a chain-link fence, and was removed within 48 hours by the Boston Police Department, located across the street from the art site. The removal of that piece did not deter the artist who yesterday installed a new work. This new piece consists of t-shirts on wire hangers, installed once again on the chain-link fence across the street from Boston Police Headquarters on Columbus Avenue. The artist along with “3 fearless grandmothers” installed the piece and two large painted banners following the 10,000 strong Mother's Day March on Sunday.
Boston Police report that a resident noticed a gun lying on the ground near a Franklin Park playground. The weapon turned out to be loaded and cocked. The gun was found Tuesday about 11 a.m. at the Parquesito de Hermandad, across from 435 Walnut Ave. "The Boston Police Department is grateful that no one was injured by this deadly weapon," police said in a post on their blog, "and reminds everyone, young and old alike, to never touch a gun and to immediately contact police." Police secured the Smith & Wesson .41 Magnum and took it away.
Here are highlights from the police blotter for Jamaica Plain from Wednesday, April 15 through Sunday, April 19. You can view incidents in the interactive map above and a text list below. Among the incidents during this period was a traffic stop for a busted taillight that wound up netting arrests and charges for three illegal guns. According to police, plain-clothes officers of the Youth Violence Task Force pulled over a motor vehicle at 1 a.m. Saturday at 2044 Columbus Ave. because of the taillight being out and the vehicle not stopping at a red light.
Boston Police found a loaded hunting pistol under the bed of a 17-year-old on Horan Way on Friday. Police report that their Youth Violence Strike Force, along with the Department of Youth Services, arrested a juvenile on an outstanding warrant and firearm charges at 10:40 a.m. on Friday. Youth Services had gotten a tip that the 17-year-old had been seen with a gun the previous day. Police say they did a "protective sweep" of the young man's room before allowing a relative to collect clothes for him. They say they found a loaded silver and brown Ruger MKIII Hunter .22 caliber firearm under his mattress.
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.