Man and woman shot in car in Dorchester, but baby in back seat escapes unharmed

A man and woman were shot in a car near Devon Street and Vaughan Avenue in Dorchester this afternoon, but a baby sitting in the back seat was unharmed, Boston police said.

Authorities received a call reporting shots fired at 1:57 p.m., police said.

All three people in the car were hospitalized, Boston EMS spokeswoman Jennifer Mehigan said.

The man was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the woman was taken to Boston Medical Center, both with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The child was taken to Boston Medical Center as a precaution, Boston police said.

Police are searching for a blue Chevrolet in connection to the shooting.

Louis Jasey, 52, who said the female victim was his niece, said he was standing next to the car when the shooting started.


“To me it seemed like a scene out of a movie,’’ Jasey said. “I was washing my truck and then my niece pulled up. So I went to the car and I started talking to [the niece’s boyfriend] and he kept, like, trying to look around me. Then the shots rang out.’’

As soon as the shots were fired, Jasey said, he opened the car’s back door and pulled his niece’s five-month-old baby out of the car.

“I grabbed the whole car seat and ran in the house while the shooting was going on,’’ he said. “Thank God that baby wasn’t hurt.’’

A neighbor who said he had lived on Vaughan Avenue off and on for 22 years said he was on the back porch of his mother’s house when he heard gunshots.

“I came out on the back porch and I heard four gunshots. Then, as I came down the stairs, I heard a car peel off but I didn’t see it.’’

“I went down the street and ran into a neighbor and she was scared because she heard the shots, too. I went down there more and saw a light-skinned black man with cornrows. He was shot twice in the back and once in the leg. … The guy was outside that red car. He was coherent and asking for help.’’


It was the second time in three days there had been a shooting in the area.

On Saturday, a Roslindale man turned himself into Boston police for allegedly shooting his cousin in the shoulder and leaving the scene on Devon Street, police said.

Police responded to a report of a shot fired at 107 Devon St. at 9:19 a.m. Saturday and spoke to a resident of the home, who was holding a towel against his shoulder to stem the bleeding from a gunshot wound, police said.

The man told police that his cousin had been “playing with a gun,’’ accidentally shot him, and left the building carrying the gun, police said. The man was taken to Boston Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

At 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Antoine Arthur, 33, turned himself into officers from the youth violence strike force and allegedly admitted to the shooting, police said.

Arthur is to be arraigned today in Roxbury Municipal Court for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, police said.

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