Boston Police were searching for a male suspect in the area of Mission Hill Wednesday afternoon after a shooting in a Stop and Shop parking lot nearAlleghanyand Calumet streets.
Police found aman in his 20s in the parking lot suffering from several gunshot wounds around noon Wednesday, police said. He later died.
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The area is surrounded by several stores, a TGI Fridays and the FenwoodRoad T stop.
A woman told Metro she and her 76-year-old mother were sitting in her car in the parking lot when they heard the shots go off. The woman, who asked that Metro not print her name, said she pushed her mother down to seek shelter away from windows until the violence stopped.
“This is ridiculous,” she said.
Wednesday afternoon, the pavement was still covered in shards of glass and a constellation of numbered green cones, one of which sat on top of a black Chevy sedan.
A small crowd of people stood behind police tape while officers continued to investigate the parking lot, waiting for the all-clear to move their cars.
One of them was Mike McMillan of Medford, a father of five who used to live in Roxbury Crossing and told Metro he was not surprised when he learned of the attack while shopping inside the grocery store.
“I do experience it a lot around here. There’s a lot of gang activity in Boston,” McMillan said. “But it’s shocking that it’s in the middle of the day. They get so deep into it there’s not a lot of thought put into it.”
Police have not yet said they believe the attack is gang-related.
But Roxbury Crossing resident Jordan Ellerbe, a student at Bunker Hill Community College, said a gang connection would not surprise him. He told Metro he was worried about what retaliation might come next if rivals seek revenge.
“It’s just going to spark something, if it wasn’t already sparked by something else,” Ellerbe said. “A lot of guys take this lightly.”