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Suspect charged after surge of Hub gun violence

Suspect charged after surge of Hub gun violence

By O’Ryan Johnson  |   Saturday, July 30, 2011  |  http://www.bostonherald.com |  Local Coverage

Photo by Boston Police Department

A 33-year old Mattapan man was arrested early yesterday morning, moments after police said he pumped three bullets into the chest of another man found slumped behind the wheel of a car.

That shooting was one of three recorded within hours of each other as Hub streets overnight were again covered in bullets and blood. All of the victims survived, police said. The first shooting on Leyland Street saw a 32-year-old man on his way to get cigarettes shot several times, at least once in the head, cops reported. The second was outside an Upham’s Corner bar as it cleared out, and the third on Walnut Street in Roxbury, police said.

“I don’t think anyone deserves to be shot in our streets,” said freshman state Rep. Carlos Henriquez (D-Roxbury). “But, we have to be honest about the activities our friends and family members engage in. There are innocent bystanders who get shot. That is not the majority . . . The big piece of this is an accountability piece. We put it on police and on elected officials, but the community has to own this. ”

Elsewhere, cops on Stoughton Street were monitoring the closing of an Upham’s Corner bar when shots rang out, police said. A security guard pointed out a man he believed to be the shooter and cops stopped him while other officers found a 31-year-old man behind the wheel of a car with three shots to his chest. He was hospitalized and is expected to survive, police said.

Leonard W. Young, an unemployed father of six, was ordered held on $250,000 cash bail after he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment yesterday, charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and gun charges.

Young’s defense lawyer, Jessica Tripp, said police have not connected her client to the gun. “It’s very difficult for us to ascertain, at this point, what motive they have to identify Mr. Young as the shooter,” she said.

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