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Man shot to death in broad daylight in Boston, marking 30th fatal shooting this year

A view of Orlando Street in Mattapan where police responded to a fatal shooting Sunday night, November 7, 2022. (Reba Saldanha/Boston Herald/TNS)
November 11, 2022

A man was gunned down in the middle of the day in Mattapan in the 30th fatal shooting in the city this year.

Boston Police responded to the area of Paxton and Harvard streets in Mattapan at 1:13 p.m. Wednesday and found a man in his mid-30s shot and killed.

Suffolk DA Kevin Hayden, speaking at the scene, called the shooting a “brazen” attack and said that he and his office are very concerned about not only the number of fatal shootings in recent weeks in the city, but especially the “rise of these happening in the middle of the daytime.”

“We simply have too many guns and we have gun violence that impacts our communities in tragic and unforeseen ways and it does so very quickly,” he said.

He said that police need the public’s help to combat the violence, and asked that anyone with any information that could assist detectives to call them at 1-800-494-TIPS.

The shooting follows a weekend in which seven people were shot in multiple incidents on Sunday, with one shooting victim, Edwin Pizarro, 48, dying from his injuries. He was shot in the first block of Orlando Street in Mattapan around 9:10 p.m.

Pizarro’s death came just two days after a man was shot to death in the area of the Tent City apartments Friday afternoon — an event which triggered some Black clergy members, including Rev. Kevin Peterson of the New Democracy Coalition, to call on Black families to impose a curfew on their children until the violence is under control.

Pizarro’s death was the 36th homicide in the city since the beginning of the year, according to Boston Police statistics, and the 29th fatal shooting.

With Wednesday’s shooting factored in, Boston has seen 165 total shootings, or 10 less than last year, but eight more of those shootings have taken lives.


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