74-Year-Old Bystander Killed In Mattapan Shooting

Bullet holes and police tape are seen on the side of the Mattapan home. (Simon Rios/WBUR)
Bullet holes and police tape are seen on the side of the Mattapan home. (Simon Rios/WBUR)

An elderly woman was killed in a Mattapan triple-shooting on Saturday evening that left two others with non-life threatening injuries, Boston police said.

Police said the incident happened around 5 p.m. in the area of 10 Mattapan St.

The woman, who has been identified as 74-year-old Eleanor Maloney, was an innocent bystander in the shooting and was pronounced deceased at the scene shortly after officers arrived.

Two men also suffered gunshot wounds.

Maloney was a grandmother and former operating room technician at Boston Medical Center. She worked there for more than four decades before retiring several years ago.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins told reporters that she had spoken with Maloney’s family.

“One of them said, ‘We’re sick and tired of prayers,’ and they’re absolutely right,” Rollins said. “They deserve accountability. We have to work harder to make sure that we have a plan about violence."

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross also weighed in on the shooting.

“Our neighborhoods are better than this,” Gross said. “This is a time that we bond together and show people that this should not be tolerated.”

Neighbor Marangeli Oliveras said she thought the gunshots were fireworks.

She said her son looked out the window and saw a person had been killed. She said he wanted to sleep in her bedroom room that night because he was afraid it would happen again.

Police are appealing for the public's help in solving the case. They ask that anyone with information contact the department's homicide division.

With reporting by WBUR's Simon Rios

This article was originally published on April 07, 2019.


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