At about 6:07pm, on Friday, December 20, 2013, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person shot outside of 74 Bailey Street.
Upon arrival, officers observed a male victim who had sustained a gunshot wound to his right hand/wrist and had a bloody laceration to his forehead. The victim reported he was shot by a black male in his twenties, 5’8″- 5’10” tall, wearing a black hooded jacket with a black face mask. The victim explained the suspect jumped onto his United States Postal Service (USPS) truck and demanded the victim give him the draw. The victim replied, “What draw?” At which time, the suspect struck the victim in the forehead with a handgun and, later, forced the victim to strip down out of his USPS letter carrier uniform. The suspect then attempted to flee the scene in the USPS truck with the victim still in the rear cab. The victim reported, while in fear for his life, he opened the rear door of the vehicle and got away on foot down Bailey Street in the direction of Dorchester Avenue.
A description of the suspect was given to the police dispatcher and the victim was transported to Boston Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The USPS mail truck was located a short distance away, on the sidewalk, in a snowbank on Clermont Street. It was towed as evidence.
A United States Postal Service Inspector responded to the scene.
Further investigation by district detectives and USPS Inspectors revealed the suspect fled in a UHAUL rental van. The UHAUL van was later located at the Sunoco Gas Station, at the intersection of Gallivan Blvd and Washington Street in Dorchester. It was also towed for evidence.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District C-11 (Dorchester) detectives at 617-343-4335.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS (8477) or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those wishing to remain anonymous.
Today’s Boston Globe provided more details:
It did not appear that the gunman attempted to wear the postal worker’s uniform, according to Officer Neva Coakley, a Boston police spokeswoman. Coakley said it was unclear at exactly what point in the altercation the gunman shot the postal worker.
Police and US Postal Service continued their investigation this morning. Several cruisers and a patrol wagon lined Bailey Street, a one-way lane of mostly older homes, some in good repair or recently renovated, others worn with age.
Boston detectives and US postal inspectors went door to door in pairs, interviewing residents. One duo methodically examined slush piled along the edges of Bailey and Clermont streets, searching for evidence.