A 24-year-old man was shot to death early Thursday morning near 67 Winthrop Street in Roxbury, according to Boston police.
Update: Police have identified the man killed as Nevin King of Boston.
The Boston Globe spoke to a witness who said the shooting “looked like an execution.”
A witness watched a young man walk down Winthrop Street in Roxbury at around 4 a.m. Thursday, headed for another young man sitting in a car, playing on his phone. The man on foot stopped, stared at the man in the car, then darted across the street and fired about six shots, killing his target almost immediately, the witness said.
Boston Police said the 24-year-old victim was lying near his car bleeding when officers arrived outside, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, as well as several other witnesses who saw the shooting’s aftermath and also spoke on condition of anonymity, said they saw the shooter flee on foot, while a friend of the victim pulled the man out of his car.
Boston Police Department’s full press release is below:
At about 4:00 AM on Thursday, May 7, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 67 Winthrop Street.
Upon arrival, officers observed a 24-year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound outside the above address. Boston EMS also responded and declared the victim deceased on-scene.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.
Community members wishing to assist 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.