Gunfire wounds another victim at Bromley-Heath

JACKSON SQ.—The wave of gun violence sweeping the Bromley-Heath housing development hit another victim on July 2, when a 19-year-old man was shot and wounded at 960 Parker St., according to the Boston Police Department (BPD).

Police officers patroling around 12:30 a.m. reportedly heard the gunshots that left the unidentified victim with wounds that BPD described as “non-life-threatening.” He was the sixth man to be wounded by gunfire in Bromley-Heath since May 26. All of the victims reportedly survived the shootings.

There have been arrests for gun possession in Jackson Square in recent weeks as well, including a June 19 bust at 940 Parker St. in Bromley-Heath, according to BPD. Another case involved the arrests of four men allegedly found with a firearm in a rental car during a July 1 traffic stop at Columbus Avenue and Dimock Street in Roxbury, just on the other side of the Jackson/Egleston Squares area. One of those men was Jamaica Plain resident Biyis Pimentel, 23, according to BPD.

BPD has not announced motives for any of the recent shootings. The area has a history of gun violence related to the illegal drug trade and rival gangs, including the Heath Street gang in Bromley-Heath and another in the Academy Homes developments on the Roxbury side of Jackson Square.

Some Bromley-Heath activists and residents held a protest at the Boston Housing Authority-run development on July 3 calling for increased security.

BPD did not release any information about potential suspects in the latest shooting. Anyone with information can contact detectives at the local District E-13 Police Station by calling 617-343-5628 or anonymously by calling 1-800-494-8477 or texting the word “TIP” to 27463.

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