Police ask for public’s help in locating Brighton shooting suspect

By Mackenzie Nichols

Investigators have identified 25-year-old Gammada M. Musa as the suspect in last week’s Thursday night shooting in Brighton.

The Boston Police Department released a statement on their website Wednesday asking the public to provide any knowledge they may have on Musa’s whereabouts. The Brighton man is around 5’10” and 195 pounds, and is considered  armed and dangerous.  

Gammada M. Musa, suspect in Desmond Joseph's death

Gammada M. Musa, suspect in Desmond Joseph’s death

At 11:45 p.m. last Thursday, police responded to a radio call call reporting a shooting at 124 Telford St. in Brighton. The victim, 30-year-old Desmond Joseph, was helping his 3-month-old baby into a parked car when he was shot and killed at the scene. Joseph’s girlfriend was also in the car, and was heard screaming and yelling while her boyfriend lay in a pool of blood. Bystanders said that the suspect fled the scene through the adjacent Star Market parking lot and ran toward Western Avenue.

According to officer Rachel McGuire who spoke with the Globe, the killing was not random.

Back in 2005, Joseph was charged with armed assault with intent to murder after he shot a man in the neck after a party in Allston. The victim is now a quadriplegic. The case was later dismissed in 2007 when a witness could not be found to testify, the Globe reported.

Those who knew Joseph personally said that he was a peaceful man who had many children and a lot of friends.

Residents of the community are reportedly shocked that this would happen in the normally quiet Brighton neighborhood, and Boston police urge the public to come forward with any information regarding suspect Gammada M. Musa’s whereabouts. Officials have directed community members to the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)-494-TIPS or by texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).

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