One dead, one injured in shootings

April 13, 2007
By

LOU MANCINELLI

While some of the religious celebrated holidays over the weekend, a young man was killed Sunday and another man was shot Monday in Jamaica Plain.

A young man’s reckless conduct with a .357 revolver killed a 19-year-old man on Washington Street in the hours just before sunrise Easter Sunday, according to Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

In addition, police received a radio call reporting a man had been shot at 1141 Chestnut Ave. at 4:41 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to Boston Police spokesperson Officer Sharon Dottin.

Washington Street
According to the Boston Police, police responded to a radio call for a person shot at 3146 Washington St. at 5:13 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived, officers found Cheyenne Baez suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to Faulkner Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police arrested Enrique Baez (no relation), 17, of Jamaica Plain, in connection with the incident.

According to Wark, Enrique Baez was arraigned in West Roxbury court Monday and charged with manslaughter. He was also charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm; two counts of possession of a firearm with defaced serial numbers; and one count of possession of ammunition. Wark said Enrique Baez was released on $25,000 cash bail and ordered to return to court May 7.

According to Wark, Baez was charged with manslaughter and not murder because evidence at this time does not support malice for murder. Wark said evidence suggested the defendant had handled the loaded gun, which discharged, killing the 19-year-old.

Investigators who were canvassing the area in the adjacent yard next to the house where Baez shot found a .357 revolver that had five rounds in the cylinder and one separate shell, Wark said.

“It’s early to discuss motive at this point,” said Wark. “The evidence and circumstances of the incident are the subject of an extremely careful investigation by the Boston Police.”

According to witness statements, the two had attended a party with others in Hyde Park earlier that morning, Wark said.

“The victim’s family is extremely distraught,” said Wark. They have been assigned a victim advocate to help cope with the loss, he said.

Wark said when crimes are committed, the prosecution keeps the preferences of the victim’s family in mind. But, he said, the prosecution pursues cases with the interests of the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in mind.

“It’s a tragic example of what can happen when young people pick up guns,” said Wark. “One man’s life has been taken. Another man’s life has been changed forever.”

Chestnut Street
According to Dottin, a man was shot at Chesnut Avenue and Centre Street just shy of 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for treatment, said Dottin.

According to Dottin, the man was driving a van, but it is unclear whether he was shot inside or outside of the vehicle. The shooting is under investigation, she said.

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