Boston MA Aug 30 2011 A security guard was shot near a school in Boston’s Hyde Park section during a struggle with a suspect early this morning, police said.
Around 1:30 a.m., a security guard at 1 Westinghouse Plaza in the Readville neighborhood was making rounds when he confronted a suspicious man, police said. The suspect pulled a handgun. There was a brief struggle, during which the gun went off, striking the security guard once, said police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll.
The victim, a 24-year-old man whose name was not released, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Driscoll said. He was recovering from a single gunshot wound at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The suspect ran toward Readville Street after the incident, Driscoll said. Police searched for the suspect, a 6-foot-tall Hispanic man wearing black clothing, black shoes, and a black mask, but he was not found.
The shooting occurred only a few blocks away from Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s home in Readville.
The Westinghouse complex is a mixed residential, art studio, commercial, and light industrial mill conversion which houses lofts, offices, and construction companies.
One of the buildings in the complex also houses the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School, a grade 5-12 school with 500 students that teaches Mandarin as a requirement to all 7th-12th graders and runs a Chinese exchange program.
The shooting in this normally quiet area had residents calling for action.
“I think a shooting in the complex, especially with residents and a school is disturbing,” said Pamela Ross, who lives in the complex. “In general, I think Readville is safe. It was what attracted me to buy in the area, being so close to Milton and Dedham and being near the mayor and police commissioner.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Area E-18 detectives at 617-343-5607. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 800-494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).