Boston Police Department (BPD) officers responded to shots fired in the area of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments on May 4 and found two men—23-year-old Christopher Joyce and 58-year-old Clayborn Blair—suffering from gunshot wounds that turned out to be fatal.
The police activity continued the next day with officers arresting three suspects in the area of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments on a variety of charges, including gun possession and assault on a police officer. Those arrests are not thought to be tied to the May 4 shooting, according to news reports.
According to BPD, officers were on patrol on May 4 when they heard gun shots in the area of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments around 9:41 p.m. They rushed to the scene and found two adult males—later identified as Joyce and Blair—suffering from gunshot wounds. The two men were transported to local hospitals, where they later died.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Joyce was an accounting student at Salem State University set to graduate this year.
“My goal is to provide a vision, for the one’s who look up to me,” Joyce wrote in his profile. “I will be the first person in my family to have graduated college, and that’s extremely important to me. With an accountant degree, I will have gained financial knowledge for all types of business (corporations, sole proprietors, etc.), to enhance the way financial reporting is reported. Also, to spread my knowledge to as many people as possible. With the action of graduating anything, it shows education persistence and consistency, in which my family nor community has ever experienced! I want to start a new trend of Love and Happiness.”
According to news reports, Blair was a father of three.
No arrests have been made in the shooting, but BPD is actively investigating and anyone with information can contact detectives at 617-343-4470. Community members that want to remain anonymous can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).
The day after the shooting at around 2:10 PM, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested three suspects on multiple charges in the area of the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments, according to BPD.
According to BPD, the officers arrested 18-year-old Dorchester resident Aryana Wilson after recovering a loaded handgun. A second fled through the housing development when officers tried to arrest him. He was eventually placed under arrest and identified as a 17-year-old juvenile from Brockton. A third suspect, identified as 34-year-old Brockton resident Anthony Upchurch, was also arrested after he allegedly physically assaulted two officers and attempted to interfere with the arrest of the juvenile.
According to BPD, Wilson faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Upchurch faces charges of two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. The 17-year-old male faces several charges in juvenile court.