Woman in her 40s shot in the head on Dorchester street; suffered non-life threatening injury

A woman was shot in the head while walking in the Bowdoin-Geneva section of Dorchester Saturday night, Boston police said. She is expected to survive, police said.

Officers heard the sounds of gunfire and responded around 8:35 p.m. to investigate, Superintendent William Gross said at the scene. While canvassing the neighborhood, police found a woman in her 40s sitting on the sidewalk at Stonehurst and Norton streets who had a head wound, Gross said.

Gross said the woman was struck by at least one bullet. When emergency responders arrived, the woman was conscious and lucid.

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“She was talking to the emergency medical technicians,” he said.

Boston Emergency Medical Services technicians took her to Boston Medical Center.

Gross said police received a call about shots fired near where the woman was wounded about one hour prior to this shooting, but he was unsure if the events were connected.

The Rev. Richard “Doc” Conway, a priest at St. Peter Parish on Bowdoin Street, said police summoned him to the scene hoping he may have some information about the violence.

“I got called because I’ve been trying to work with one of the kids who supposedly was somehow involved in this,” he said.

Conway has been helping a young man pursue his GED who “might or might not” have knowledge of the shooting. Conway, whose work was profiled in a recent Globe series, has long worked with neighborhood youth to stem the violence.

Conway said that he has not seen much violence recently.

“It’s been quiet, and you hope it’s going to stay that way.”

Officer James Kenneally, a police spokesman, could not confirm whether the woman was the intended victim.

Police had not made any arrests Saturday night.

Officers removed yellow police tape at the intersection of Norton and Bowdoin streets just after 9 p.m. but continued to examine the scene, peering with flashlights onto the sidewalk outside 75 Norton St.

Gross was unable to say whether ballistic evidence had been found.

Norton Street was home to 14-year-old Nicholas Fomby-Davis, killed at Bowdoin Street in May 2010. In July 2011, Victor Gomes, 34, was shot on Norton Street during a cookout, and two people were shot there in February 2012.

Police ask anyone with information to call Dorchester detectives at 617-343-4335. To assist the investigation anonymously, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).