The scene of a Chinatown shooting on Aug. 17, 2014. Photo: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro
A Mattapan man has been arrested in connection to a Chinatown shooting that injured four people early Sunday morning, Boston Police said.
Melvin Smith, 27, is due to be arraigned Monday for assault with a dangerous weapon. He is accused of shooting the four victims, who were between the ages of 22 and 27, around 2:55 a.m. in front of Moon Villa Restaurant on Edinboro Street.
A gun was found near the scene, police said, and a foot chase ensued. Police said in a statement Sunday:
While on patrol, officers heard what appeared to be gun shots outside of the above address. Officers observed a suspect fleeing the scene and pursued him on foot. After a brief foot chase, officers were able to apprehend the suspect, recover a firearm, and secure the scene and numerous witnesses within minutes. During the pursuit, an officer's firearm was discharged, however, a preliminary investigation has determined that there were no injuries as a result of this discharge.
Police also said that “Smith is known to Boston police officers and has prior firearm convictions on his record.”
The victims were transported to Boston hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.