2 Arrested After Man Shot in Face in Dorchester

Two people were arrested Monday after a man was shot in the face in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

The shooting happened around 4:25 p.m. in the area of 397 Centre Street. The adult male victim, thought by police to be in his early 20s, was found after running to the area of 74 Whitten Street.

The victim was taken to an area hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says it "looks like he's going to be OK." 

The suspects were on a white moped at the time. They crashed in the area of Gibson and Sturtevant streets, and fled on foot. Police say they attempted to carjack a vehicle in the area.

Both suspects were captured after a lengthy foot pursuit, and two firearms were recovered from the scene.

Kevin Woods, 19, of Boston, and a 17-year-old juvenile male from Boston, whose name is not being released, are both charged with assault with armed assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm with 500 feet of a dwelling and carjacking.

Commissioner Evans says a combination of community support and quick response by Boston police officers made all the difference in the arrest of the two suspects.

“I can’t say enough about the outstanding cooperation between community members and my officers that led to the swift arrests of the suspects wanted in connection to this incident. Within minutes of the original call, thanks to community members willing to share information, my officers knew who they were looking for and had a description of the two suspects responsible for the non-fatal shooting," Commissioner Evans said. "In policing, we always talk about the importance of community cooperation when solving crime and, today, there’s no doubt that community cooperation coupled with my officers’ quick response made all the difference in the apprehension of two individuals who through their brazen behavior showed a complete and utter disregard for the safety of all who happened to be in the area at the time of the shooting.”

Both suspects are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at Dorchester District Court.

Police believe the suspects and the victim knew each other, and that it was a targeted attack.

The shooting is under investigation.

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