Suspect is sought after guard shot in Hyde Park area

By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Staff / August 30, 2011

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A security guard was shot near a school in Hyde Park during a struggle with a suspect early yesterday morning, Boston police said.

Around 1:30 a.m., a security guard at 1 Westinghouse Plaza in the community’s Readville section was making rounds when he was confronted by a suspicious man, according to police. The suspect had a handgun, which went off during a brief struggle, striking the security guard once, said police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll.

The guard was shot in the leg, according to the property manager. The guard, 24, whose name was not released, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, Driscoll said. He was treated and released from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The guard told police the suspect ran toward Readville Street, Driscoll said. Police searched for the suspect, said to be a 6-foot-tall Hispanic man wearing black clothing, but he was not found.

The same security guard had reported that he was assaulted on Aug. 1, according to a police report. He said he was on patrol around 4 a.m. when he saw a suspicious man on the property. He called out to him but was hit in the back of the head by a second male, police said. Both ran off and were not captured.

Last week, police Captain Robert Ciccolo walked the property with management on a security assessment.

He encouraged the company to increase lighting, remove some shrubbery, and ensure that security cameras were working, fixes the Hamilton Company, in an e-mail to residents who live at the location yesterday, promised were underway.

The shooting occurred only a few blocks away from Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s home in Readville. “It’s always concerning when crime happens in any of our neighborhoods,’’ said Dot Joyce, a spokeswoman for Menino. “We will continue to work with security personnel at that location.’’

The Westinghouse complex is a mixed residential, art studio, commercial, and light industrial mill conversion.

One of the buildings also houses the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School.

The shooting in this normally quiet area had residents calling for action.

“I think a shooting in the complex, especially with residents and a school, is disturbing,’’ said resident Pamela Ross.

“In general, I think Readville is safe. It was what attracted me to buy in the area, being so close to Milton and Dedham and being near the mayor and police commissioner.’’

Anyone with information is urged to call Area E-18 detectives at 617-343-5607.

Community members wishing to assist anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 800-494-TIPS or by texting the word TIP to CRIME (27463).

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