Man surrenders on murder charge

April 3, 2009
By

JOHN RUCH

The teenage suspect in a March 11 shotgun killing in Hyde Square surrendered to Boston Police officers last week.

Gorio “Mikey” Lopez, 19, of Dorchester is charged with murder in the killing of Shoughan Morgan, 32, at 43 Mozart St. Lopez, who also faces a charge of unlawful firearm possession, is being held without bail.

The killing was the result of a domestic dispute that began when Morgan visited the apartment of his for-mer girlfriend, who Lopez was now involved with, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Lopez and Morgan argued, and Lopez left the building briefly, according to prosecutors.

“[Lopez] later returned with a shotgun and fired on Morgan, killing him,” said DA’s Office spokesperson Jake Wark, describing the prosecutors’ allegations. Morgan was declared dead on the scene from a gunshot wound to the chest.

A warrant was issued for Lopez’s arrest shortly after the killing. He turned himself in on March 23.

The day before the killing, Morgan had been scheduled for trial in Quincy on a charge of making threats, but that case was dismissed. Wark said there appears to be no connection between the Quincy case and the killing.

Morgan’s killing was the second reported homicide in Jamaica Plain this year. Two suspects were arrested in the other case, which was another Hyde Square shooting in January.

The apartment building at 39-43 Mozart allegedly has been the scene of several significant crime inci-dents in the past few years, according to Boston Police Department (BPD) reports. A week after the killing, another resident of the building was arrested and charged with unarmed robbery of a residence, according to a BPD report.