Police: 1 Teen Dead, 1 Injured in South Boston Shooting

What to Know

  • Boston Police responded to the area of 264 O'Callaghan Way Nov. 27 where two teenage boys were found shot outside a housing complex.
  • Angel Suazo, 16, was shot twice. He later died at the hospital, his father told NBC Boston. The second victim, 15, is expected to survive.
  • Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said he believes the teens were likely targeted. No arrests have been made.

The search is on for a suspect after a teenager was killed and another was injured in a shooting outside of a South Boston housing complex on Monday night, police said.

Edwin Santana is planning funeral arrangements for his son, Angel Suazo, 16, who was shot twice. Suazo died later at a hospital.

Santana says his son was not the target and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"This is a hard loss, said Santana. "Friendly with everybody, but for the last few months he got around bad company." 

Boston police say officers responded to the Mary Ellen McCormack Public Housing Development on O'Callaghan Way at about 11:20 p.m., where the victims were found nearby.

Tara Mannion says she heard four shots fired and looked out her window.

"What I saw on the ground was only black and it was moving, so it looked like a paper bag, until I saw a boot," said Mannion.

That boot belonged to Suazo.

Two roommates, who only gave their first names of Will and Joe, said they woke up to the chaos outside.

"I heard the, 'no, no no's,' and then immediately heard 'bang, bang, bang,' which was... immediately some type of shooting," described Will.

"We heard one of the civilians calling for help screaming, 'no, no, no, one of the kids is gonna die if they don't get here quick,'" recalled Will. "It almost felt like it was legitimately in our building. That's how loud it was."

"He was trying to do the good thing and a stray bullet took him," said Suazo's friend Patrick Martin. "He really tried to do what he had to do in life and God took him too soon."

The second victim, a 15-year-old boy, was taken to Tufts Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

Neighbors in the Mary Ellen McCormick housing development say they've had enough. 

"This is not the first time,” said one resident. “This happened a year ago." 

Some are calling for security cameras to be added to all parts of the development. 

So far, no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said he thinks the victims were likely targeted. He said police have some witnesses but are also looking for the public's help.

"We're asking the public if anyone knows anything, please let us know," said Mayor Marty Walsh. "Call our anonymous tip line. This is certainly disturbing."

"The world we live in now... where there's a little too much violence," said Will.

A Boston Public Schools spokesperson said counselors are available for students and faculty at TechBoston Academy and McCormack Middle School, where Suazo and the other victim attended.

"Our deepest thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to everyone affected by this tragedy," the school district's statement said.

Santana says he doesn't understand why anyone would shoot his son. He only knows that he misses him.

"What do you want to tell the people involved?" Asked Santana. "I put everything in God's hands. We don't know what we can do. You know what I mean?"

Anyone with information is urged to contact Boston homicide detectives at 617-343-4470.

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