Around 3:40 a.m. on March 26, their windows closed on a chilly night, residents of Kittredge Street in Roslindale were jolted awake by the sound of gunfire. It was, a federal indictment charges today, an attempt by a member of a Jamaica Plain gang to murder an associate of a rival Jamaica Plain gang who was living near the intersection with Cliftondale.
Federal, state and local authorities today announced the indictments of 66 Boston-area gang members, including members of the 18th Street Gang - whose feud with MS-13 left four teenagers dead - and the Boylston Street gang of Jamaica Plain, which has been violently feuding with the Mozart Street gang for years.
Officials say the people named in the indictment are responsible for drug dealing and violence from Rhode Island to New Hampshire.. In addition to arrests, officials said 70 firearms had been seized.
In wiretaps, described by an ATF agent involved in the investigation, the feds listened in as alleged Boylston member Jassel "Shells" Castillo discussed how he emptied his gun trying - without success - to shoot a member of the Mozart gang outside 44 Kittredge St. early on March 26:
That hit, I just missed, bro. But, bro, the first shot I aimed it at his head, n****. Yo, I swear to God that when that n**** seen me he seen death …. He – bro- he act- he played it off like I hit him bro. So you know? That’s some s***, bro. But, yo, the first bro, as soon as he noticed me I put the gun to his head n**** I just rosed it up. Bam n****! I even close, I never forgot, I even closed one eye and everything, n****. Aiming down the sight at his head. That s*** just said boom n***, almost smack me in the face n****. I had to bring that s*** down to keep shooting at this n****.
I, I let those six go in like twice, in like in two seconds. He started like ducking and tryna, tryna dip off, n****. I just bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam. … He … and then I’m hot, bro. You know you’re supposed to count your shots my n****. I clicked it again and it just said “click” and then oh s*** n****. N****, if he wouldn’t have been runnin’, he’d heard me clicking like that ...
The US Attorney's office in Boston says the various gangs had taken to teaming up to traffic drugs and weapons.
In a little over one year investigators, made controlled purchases of 37 firearms from 18th Street Gang leader, members, and associates, including 3 assault rifles, 29 handguns, and 5 shotguns, including a sawed-off shotgun.
Also named: Members of the East Side Money Gang of Chelsea, which made YouTube rap videos about itself when not fending off attacks from the Chelsea-based Outlaws and the East Boston-based Maverick Street Gang:
There is an ongoing conflict between the East Side Money Gang and the Outlaws in Chelsea which has resulted in multiple violent crimes, including three attempted murders by the ESMG.
And members thought nothing of threatening police, the affidavit says:
On or about January 1, 2016, [member Jerry] LEIVA was approached by Chelsea Police officers after reports that LEIVA had been involved in domestic abuse in public. LEIVA threatened officers by identifying the locations where officers parked their vehicles (including a specific personal vehicle used by an officer who lives in Chelsea) and stating that he would have someone take care of them. LEIVA stated that he was in the “East Side Money Gang” and that they were prepared to go to war with the police.
Complete affidavit (1.7M PDF).