By - 11/5/14 - 11:41 am


Shots fired, shotspotter on, 911, what's goin on?
Tires squeal, bullets fly, oh God I hear a baby cry!

Sirens wail, an old woman frail... falls down...her heart begins to fail.
Police, ambulances, a man, blood on his face, will they live?
Maybe... God's grace.

Curious neighbors gather round, some just stare at the ground.
In some houses lights...Read more

By - 4/8/14 - 11:27 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a wiretapped statement by an H-Block associate charged with murdering a young teen in a feud with the rival Heath Street gang can be used against him because H-Block is involved with the sort of "organized crime" for which state law allows wiretaps.

Timothy Hearns faces trial for a double shooting on May 8, 2010 that left...Read more

By - 4/7/13 - 12:06 am

Police are at Heath and Lawn streets, where a person was found shot in the leg shortly before midnight. He is expected to survive.

A car seen fleeing the scene with two or three occupants was spotted around 20 minutes later in the area of Harold and Homestead streets, in the territory of the H Block gang; a gun was located on Hutchings Street nearby....Read more

By - 3/12/13 - 4:16 pm

A Braintree man associated with Jamaica Plain's Heath Street gang was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail today on charges he shot somebody on the home turf of the rival H-Block gang on Friday after he allegedly tried but failed to shoot somebody else on the same street the night before, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Prosecutors had asked for bail...Read more

By - 3/9/13 - 1:49 pm

Boston Police report finding a man shot around 7:50 p.m. yesterday at 41 Holworthy St. in Roxbury's H Block area.

The victim is in stable condition, police say.

Police say a witness reported a black Cadillac fleeing the scene. Not long after, police say:

Officers observed a black Cadillac matching the description in the area of Parker Street and Health Street. Officers observed

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By - 1/20/13 - 1:34 pm

The glove compartment of the rental car after the arrest.Glove compartment of rental car outside Roxbury District Court on Oct. 23.

On Oct. 23 of last year, detectives who'd been listening in on the phone conversations of two gang leaders...Read more

By - 1/17/13 - 7:53 pm

BarrosBoston Police report they are looking for Jackson Barros, 30, of Dorchester, in connection with today's early morning raids aimed at breaking up two Dorchester gangs involved in drugs and guns.

This would not be Barros's first arrest. In 2003, he was charged with distributing crack in Roxbury.

Anybody who...Read more

By - 1/17/13 - 9:34 am

Several hundred Boston police officers and federal agents swarmed through Dorchester early this morning, arresting some 30 alleged members of the Woodward Avenue and Hendry Street gangs in a bid to quell violence in the Bowdoin/Geneva and Uphams Corner neighborhoods - in particular in the Cape Verdean community.

Officials specifically targeted alleged Hendry leader Alexis Hidalgo, 31, of Dorchester, and alleged Woodward leader Jonathan DaSilva,...Read more

By - 1/12/13 - 3:43 pm

The Globe reports today that Gabriel Clarke, the 13-year-old choirboy shot at Humboldt Avenue and Homestead Street while walking to church last night, is in critical but stable condition.

His shooting is just the latest in an endless string of gun violence in an area just north of Franklin Park known as H Block because most of the street names start with H...Read more

By - 11/15/12 - 11:32 am

UPDATE: Reactions from the DA's office and the victim's family in the comments below.

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Lamory Gray, ruling the Heath Street gang member got an unfair trial before he was convicted of murdering somebody he thought was a member of the rival H-Block gang in 2006.

The court ruled a rap video, in which Gray...Read more

By - 8/28/12 - 7:27 pm

Press Pass Tv is a non profit organization that is dedicated to telling the stories of the community using film. Four young Black women were shot Sunday night August 12th while they sat in their car parked on Harlem Street in Boston. We went to Dorchester to talk to community members about how we can help stop the violence in our community. We hope that...Read more

By - 4/21/11 - 4:51 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found Donald Ray "Mann" Williams, 26, guilty of a variety of charges, including armed assault with intent to murder, for a shooting that will require a former friend to use a wheelchair the rest of his life, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Prosecutors say the victim was a member of the Greenwood Street Packers, of which Williams...Read more

By - 3/18/11 - 4:04 pm

Christian GreenAlleged Mozart gang member Christian Green making his gang sign, from federal affidavit.

Three alleged members of the Mozart Street gang - which has been tied to murders and violence from the Dominican Republic to a Jamaica Plain pizza place - were indicted this week on federal gun charges...Read more

By - 8/20/10 - 6:12 pm

An expired inspection sticker proved the undoing of four alleged gang members, including one braced for action, late Wednesday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to a statement from the DA's office, officers on patrol near the Lenox Street housing project had just gotten word a carful of toughs from the Washington Street gang were on their way over, when they spotted...Read more

By - 3/22/10 - 11:38 am

District A-7 reports a guy "known to officers as a gang member" was spotted spraying the letter "S" on a wall at 259 Bennington St. around noon on March 17. Why an "S"? Officers found a further clue at 251 Bennington St., where they found a recently applied "MS," as in MS-13, a Central American gang with members up this way. Police add:


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By - 12/9/09 - 1:59 pm

District A-7 reports a man stabbed with a knife on Saratoga Street around 11:20 p.m. on Dec. 4 told a witness "he was stabbed by person(s) that he believes are affiliated with MS13." Taken to a local hospital for treatment.Read more

By - 1/22/09 - 4:38 pm

Shades of Fruits and Vegetables: Boston Police are bracing for trouble in West Roxbury this weekend following a fight on Centre Street last weekend that left three teens seriously injured:

After investigating the incident it was determined that the dispute was between teenagers from West Roxbury and other surrounding neighborhoods. These individuals are students at Catholic Memorial, Boston Latin, and Boston Latin Academy.

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By - 12/1/06 - 2:16 pm

David Bernstein argues that all the attention being given Jahmol Norfleet (killed earlier this week) detracts from the struggles of Roxbury, Dorchester and JP residents who have to put up with gang violence all the time - and who never belonged to a gang:

... One building in the Bromley-Heath project -- literally, one single apartment building -- was one of Boston's five

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By - 11/30/06 - 10:26 am

John Daley, one of our boys in blue, wonders whether the local media (and he's looking at you, Boston Herald) is helping to fan gang violence, with cavalier headlines and re-identifying kids who now fear for their lives.

Jay Fitzgerald, who writes for the Herald (albeit not the gang beat) doesn't get the media criticism from Daley and Adam Reilly (who ...Read more