Police probe fatal shooting of man in Chelsea

By John M. Guilfoil and Miriam Valverde
Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent / July 17, 2011

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CHELSEA - A 38-year-old man was shot and killed yesterday morning in Chelsea’s third homicide of the year, police said.

The shooting occurred just outside the victim’s home on Central Avenue around 2:20 a.m., State Police said in a statement. The victim, identified as Braulio Gomez, was rushed to Whidden Hospital in Everett, where he was pronounced dead.

According to Chelsea police, the victim was sitting on his porch with friends and family when two men approached. A conversation turned into an argument, police said, and when Gomez stepped off the porch, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot him.

Chelsea police and emergency medical technicians responded. Chelsea police and State Police homicide detectives assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office are investigating. No arrests were made yesterday, police said.

Chelsea’s violent crime rate has been up and down for years. After no killings in 2009 and 11 last year, things have largely calmed down this year. Chelsea had a fatal stabbing earlier this year and a motor vehicle homicide later on, said police Captain Keith Houghton, but yesterday’s was the first fatal shooting in the city this year.

At the victim’s home yesterday, a large group had gathered on the porch. Flowers and a photo of Gomez adorned it. Relatives would not comment, and a woman identifying herself as his sister turned away a reporter.

People with information about the shooting were asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 617-466-4880, text the word CHELSEA along with the information to TIP411, or submit the tip online at

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