Man fatally shot in South End
Neighborhood jolted by attack
A man in his 30s was fatally shot yesterday morning across the street from a high-end loft apartment complex in the South End, leaving neighbors shaken, police and residents said yesterday.
Officer James Kenneally, a Boston police spokesman, said police responded to the area of Harrison Avenue and East Berkeley Street shortly before 5 a.m., where a man had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released yesterday.
A bullet hole was visible yesterday in the first-floor window of a vacant commercial space on East Berkeley. The Lofts at East Berkeley, an apartment complex with starting monthly rents as high as $3,200, according to its website, is located across the street. Restaurants, a yoga facility, and the Pine Street Inn are within walking distance.
Kevin, 46, who lives near the scene and asked that his last name not be used, said he called 911 after hearing three shots. He said he saw a man running from the scene. Kevin said he is considering moving to a different part of the neighborhood, because the shooting came after a recent stabbing in the area.
“It’s a little bit scary,’’ he said.
A woman who lives around the corner from the site said she heard two shots and later saw police canvassing the area.
“It’s pretty scary, but I’ve lived here for 25 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this,’’ said the 31-year-old woman, who identified herself only as Sarah.
A West Roxbury woman who visits the neighborhood regularly to go food shopping at a Chinese market gasped when she saw the bullet hole shortly before noon.
“Oh, oh, my God,’’ said the woman, 65, who gave her name as Cai.
But, she said, she never fears for her safety during her shopping trips. “It’s OK,’’ she said of the neighborhood. “It’s good.’’
Yesterday’s slaying is the 32d homicide in the city since January, Kenneally said, compared with 36 at this time last year. He said there was no information yesterday on possible suspects.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS.