Boston Police report arresting a Brighton man on gun charges for the two guns they say he discarded as officers chased him following a burst of gunfire that sent a woman to the hospital and left her and another car damaged yesterday afternoon.
Police say officers patrolling the area of Parker and Prentiss streets heard "multiple gunshots coming from the rear of the Alice Taylor Housing Development" and then spotted Miguel Baptista, 18, running towards them on Prentiss from Annunciation Road.
Upon seeing the officers, the suspect further quickened his pace, crossing over Parker Street in a full sprint. The officers exited their vehicle and pursued the suspect on foot, placing him in custody in the area of 629 Parker Street while they continued their investigation into the shots fired incident.
Additional responding units quickly arrived on scene and located an adult female victim suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds inside a parked motor vehicle on Annunciation Road. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment by Boston EMS. Officers observed ballistic damage to the victim’s vehicle along with a second unattended parked motor vehicle nearby.
As the officers continued their investigation, they were approached by several witnesses who stated that they had observed the suspect discard an unknown object into a bush in the area of 81 Prentiss Street. Officers checked the area described by the witnesses where they located and recovered a Ruger handgun with an extended magazine which appeared to have been fired to lock back.
At this time, additional witnesses came forward and stated that they had observed the suspect throw a second unidentified object onto the roof of 68 Annunciation Road as he fled the scene. The officers were able to make their way to the rooftop with assistance from the Boston Fire Department at which time they located and recovered a second firearm which was later determined to be a PF940C handgun with an obliterated serial number.
Baptista was not charged for the shooting, but was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm - second and subsequent offense - carrying a loaded firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, police say.