Boston Police report they are looking for Patrick Mendoza, 54, owner of Monica's Trattoria on Prince Street, on charges he tried to murder somebody outside Modern Pastry on Hanover Street around 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
The gunman missed his intended target but the bullet went through the window of the bakery - where nobody was injured.
Police say Mendoza is wanted for assault to murder by means of a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and witness intimidation. They add he is considered armed and dangerous.
The Boston Municipal Court criminal docket for yesterday lists Mendoza also being charged with illegal possession of a loaded firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but law-enforcement spokespeople say they do not understand how that entry got into the system, since Mendoza has yet to be detained, let alone brought into court.
In a separate case, Mendoza is facing trial on Aug. 1, also in Boston Municipal Court, on a robbery charge, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office confirms.
The person who said he was shot at described the shooter as a skinny white man with braided gray hair, who fled on a "chopper" bicycle. WCVB has obtained surveillance video showing the man wheeling up to his intended target and taking a shot. The man then ducked behind the car he was standing next to in front of the Modern and ran away, as the shooter tried to take aim again.
Not long after the attempted shooting, police sent officers to check Monica's as well as Mendoza's home on North Bennet Street, but didn't find him. A BOLO issued by police said Mendoza might have ditched the bicycle and gotten into a white van registered to Monica's.
Mendoza was one of four North End restaurant owners who sued the city for $1.5 million apiece over fees the city charged North End restaurants to set up outdoor patios on city sidewalks and parking spaces in 2022. Their suit, which alleged Mayor Wu ordered the fees out of hatred for white, Italian men, was quietly dropped last month.