Homicide Victim IdentifiedAt approximately 6:35pm on Thursday October 30, 2008, officers responded to a radio call for a person shot at 222 Norwell Street in Dorchester. Upon arrival, officers observed a 35 year old black male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. At approximately 6:32 pm that same evening, officers responded to the corner of Harvard Street and Warner Street for a report of a person shot. On arrival, officers located a 38 year old black male suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. Both victims were rushed to Boston Medical Center for treatment. The 35 year old victim is currently in critical condition. The 38 year old victim was pronounced as a result of his injuries. He has been identified as William Branch, 38, of Dorchester.
Homicide detectives are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Preliminary information suggests that the two victims were together when the shooting incident occurred. It is believed that one of the victims engaged in a prior altercation with a group of individuals. There was a second confrontation, which led to the shooting incident.
Homicide investigators are seeking additional information and are asking community members with knowledge of this incident to please come forward. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.
Community members who wish to assist the investigation in an anonymous manner can either call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).
The Boston Police Department will stringently protect the identity of those who wish to remain anonymous.
This marks the 51st homicide of the year. Last year at this time, there had been 60 homicides.