Shots Fired Call Leads to Arrests of Suspects, and Recovery of Guns and Drugs

Last night around 9:02PM, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan and Dorchester) responded to the area of 60 Woodrow Ave. for a ShotSpotter activation.

Officers responded to the scene and while investigating the call, officers observed the grate to the front door of Woodrow Ave. Market (located at 67 Woodrow Ave.) down but with no locks on it. Officers then opened the grate and knocked on the door to ascertain that there was no one inside that that was hurt from the shots fired call. While in front of the store, officers observed several spent bullet casings on the sidewalk next to the store.  While in front of the store, officers also noted that there was a grill on the side of the store with food cooking despite the fact that all the lights in the store were off. At the same time, officers also found an unspent bullet on the ground directly in front of the store’s door.

Officers, still outside the store, then observed an individual come out of the store who appeared to be startled by officers’ presence. Based on information given by this male, officers learned that he owned the store. Officers asked this individual if he had heard what sounded like gunshots, and he responded that he heard something but was unsure if it was gunshots. Officers then pointed to the live bullet round that had been found directly in front of the store and the male exclaimed to officers, “That’s not a round!”  Officers asked this male if there was anyone else in the store and he answered that there was not and he then attempted to walk back in the store and lock the door. Officers, before the suspect, could walk away asked him if there was any video in the store and he responded there was but that it didn’t record.

Officers then told the suspect to hold on before he went back in the store until the shots forced incident could be further investigated.  Officers then again asked the store owner if there was anyone in the store at which time he then changed his previous answer and told officers that his brother was the only other person in the store and that they had been watching the game.  When asked if he was sure, the store owner then told officers that there were maybe five or six people in the store. Officers ten performed a protective sweep during they removed six adult males from the back of the store. While conducting the protective sweep, officers observed several indicia of drug dealing, i.e. a digital scale, several bags of marijuana. At that time, the decision was made to freeze the apartment pending the issuance of a search warrant.

Officers next spoke to a witness who reported sitting in his motor vehicle when he observed a shorter light skinned male with short hair pull out a smaller gun and start shooting.  The witness further testified that there were four to five other males standing behind the male when he started shooting.

A search was warrant was issued and executed at the store. During execution of the search warrant, officers recovered the following items:

1)      One  semi automatic handgun

2)      One revolver handgun

3)      Several cell phones

4)      $1,056.00

5)      Two bags of marijuana

Suspect, Tehuti Wallace, 28, of Dorchester was placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs within 1,000’ of a School Zone. Another suspect located in the store, Imrahotep Wallace, 36 of Dorchester was also arrested and charged with an outstanding Larceny Over $250.00 warrant.