Grandmother shot, killed in Dorchester while sitting on front porch


Boston police have identified the woman who died after she was struck by gunfire that erupted in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood
Superintendent-in-chief Gregory Long says officers responded at about 6 p.m. to the area of 19 Olney St. for a report of a person shot.
When they arrived at the scene, police found a woman, 73-year-old Delores Brown, suffering from gunshot wounds.
Brown was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Investigators believe a shooting broke out in front of 19 Olney St. and that Brown was struck by that gunfire, according to Long. Long says she was not the intended target of the gunfire.
“This is obviously a very disturbing day here in Dorchester,” said Boston Mayor Kim Janey. “It’s absurd that a grandmother can’t sit on her porch on a beautiful spring day without the worry of gunfire.”
“It is outrageous and heartbreaking that a woman in her 70s can’t sit on her porch and enjoy a warm evening without this being the end result,” Long said.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins also responded to the scene and made a brief statement.
“We deserve our communities to be as safe as other communities,” Rollins said. “It is just heart-wrenching that this elderly woman can’t sit on her front porch without bullets riddled upon her.”
Rollins says there have been multiple ShotSpotter activations in the neighborhood over the previous weeks and months.
Long says no arrests have been made and did not provide any word about a potential suspect or suspects.


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