Investigation Update: Death Investigation in the area of 35 Fessenden Street, Mattapan

At about 2:05 PM, on Thursday, July 13, 2023, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to the area of 35 Fessenden Street for a report of a person shot. Upon arrival, officers located a 12-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later was pronounced deceased.

As a result of a further investigation into this incident, detectives from the Homicide Unit placed Walter Hendrick, 22, of Mattapan under arrest and charged him with:

·  Improper Storage of a Firearm-Someone under 18 has potential access

·  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

·  Unlawful Possession of Ammunition

Hendrick will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Friday morning.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this death. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist in this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125.