Woman, teen shot to death in Roslindale

Residents lament surge of violence

Police found three people with gunshot wounds inside an apartment at 3964 Washington St., Roslindale, early yesterday. Two victims, who neighbors said were mother and son, died. Police found three people with gunshot wounds inside an apartment at 3964 Washington St., Roslindale, early yesterday. Two victims, who neighbors said were mother and son, died. (Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
By Vivian Yee
Globe Correspondent / August 8, 2011

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In a section of Roslindale that has been scarred by a series of shootings this summer, a Washington Street three-decker became the site of an early-morning shooting that left a woman and a teenager dead and a man injured.

As neighbors gathered across the street in the pouring rain yesterday afternoon, police combed through the second floor of the tan three-decker at 3964 Washington St., near the Forest Hills MBTA station. Police did not identify the 43-year-old woman and the 17-year-old boy who died. A 34-year-old man sustained injuries that police said were not life threatening.

Boston Police spokesman Eddy Chrispin would not comment on the relationships between the victims, but several neighbors said a mother and son had been killed. Chrispin said no further details were available on the investigation.

Friends of a teenager who lives in the apartment with his mother said they were at a loss as to why the home would have been the site of such violence.

Jose Rodriguez, 16, said he was a close friend of the teen. He said his friend knew the streets were dangerous, and “he’d never leave the house.’’

Rodriguez spent almost an hour planted across the street from the apartment building yesterday afternoon, letting the heavy rain soak him as he watched police seal the building off with yellow crime scene tape. He said his friend avoided running with a rough crowd because he was afraid of this kind of violence.

He described the woman who lived there as being “like my second mother,’’ Rodriguez said, a “playful, happy’’ woman who loved to have guests. Rodriguez said he did not think she had a job.

The teenager’s father did not live with them, he said.

The triple shooting comes amid a rise in violence in the once quiet neighborhood of Roslindale and scattered trouble around Boston over the weekend.

A man in his 30s was fatally shot Saturday morning in the South End. Later that day, police broke up a series of fights and other disturbances during a concert by Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller on City Hall Plaza. Reports of gunshots during the same concert sent dozens of people fleeing down Winter Street, but investigators found no evidence shots were fired, Chrispin said yesterday.

Since the beginning of June, seven people have been shot - three fatally - on and around the stretch of Washington Street that runs through Roslindale, including yesterday’s victims. On June 5, two 23-year-old men were shot near the Archdale public housing development; one died on the scene. And on Thursday night, two brothers were injured in a shooting near the intersection of Washington Street and Durnell Avenue.

Yesterday, residents walking past the crime scene lamented the violence that has marred what they said is usually a quiet neighborhood.

“It’s getting out of control,’’ said Sheila Martin, 43, calling for more police patrols around the area. “A lot of people are starting to get killed.’’

Two neighbors who live across the street from the house said some of its residents had been hosting a loud party Saturday night, though they did not know which apartment the party was in.

Megan Leblanc, 31, said she saw emergency responders wheeling the victims out of the house on stretchers. She speculated that the shooter knew the victims.

“Who you associate with matters,’’ she said. “If it was a drive-by shooting, it’d be a different story, but I don’t feel any more scared.’’

With the two slayings yesterday, the city has seen 34 homicides since January, Chrispin said, compared with 36 at this time last year.

Dot Joyce, spokeswoman for Mayor Thomas M. Menino, said yesterday that the mayor’s office will “continue to use every resource available’’ to combat violence.

“We have to remain vigilant,’’ she said.

Police responded to the house in Roslindale around 3:45 a.m. yesterday, and found the three victims inside the building suffering from gunshot wounds.

The woman and the teenager were pronounced dead at the hospital, Chrispin said. He could not identify which hospitals had treated the victims.

Several homicide detectives and other officers were at the victims’ apartment building yesterday afternoon. Officers could be seen moving around the porch of the second floor.

“I don’t understand,’’ said Caroline Surillo, 14, who lives in an apartment complex around the corner.

Miriam Valverde contributed to this report. Vivian Yee can be reached at