Man, 24, dies in Revere attack

A victim shot in Boston survives

By Stewart Bishop
Globe Correspondent / January 31, 2011

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A Revere man was shot to death Saturday night in the vestibule of the apartment building where he lived, while in Boston another man was seriously injured when a bullet struck him in the stomach outside a liquor store, police said.

The Revere man was identified as 24-year-old Mario Rosa by Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, Revere and State Police discovered Rosa with multiple gunshot wounds in the front vestibule of his building on Bellingham Avenue in the Beachmont section of Revere, Wark said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Around the same time in Jamaica Plain, a 20-year-old man was seriously hurt when he was shot in the abdomen in the 3100 block of Washington Street, but he is expected to survive, police said.

Yesterday in Revere, Erin Sullivan, who lives near Rosa’s apartment, said she was watching television after 9:30 p.m. Saturday when she heard a popping sound.

“Honest to God, I didn’t realize it was a gunshot at first,’’ Sullivan said.

She said she went outside a short time later and could see what looked like a bullet hole in the front door of the building. “You could see where he was shot from; the gunshot went right through the glass.’’

According to Sullivan, the building has a high turnover rate and she has seen the police there on several occasions, but she said that overall, the neighborhood is safe.

“I wouldn’t characterize it as a violent neighborhood,’’ Sullivan said. “There’s some normal stuff, some standard robberies, but nothing of this caliber.’’

Rosa’s death is being investigated by the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit, which has jurisdiction over death investigations in Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.

In Jamaica Plain yesterday, Long Nguyen said he was working across the street at his father’s Egleston Square nail salon Saturday night when he heard gunshots.

“I heard about four or five shots,’’ Nguyen said. “It sounded really close.’’

Claudia Pena, 22, who lives across the street from the scene of the shooting, said she heard the gunshots and saw the injured man lying motionless over a snow bank.

“It looked like he was shot on the sidewalk and then fell back over the snow bank,’’ Pena said.

Another neighbor, Angel Raphael, 25, said that while there is violence elsewhere in the neighborhood, he was surprised by the location of the shooting because of heavy police presence on that stretch of Washington Street.

“That’s weird that it happened there,’’ Raphael said.

“There’s always cops around here, walking up and down the street. It’s too bad — there’s nice people around here, a lot of good working people.’’

The injured man was taken to Brigham and Women’s hospital. Boston police spokesman James Kenneally said yesterday that while the victim’s condition was initially critical, he is now expected to survive.

The Jamaica Plain shooting is being investigated by Boston police. No arrests have been made in either case, officials said yesterday.

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