Woman Shot And Killed In Dorchester On Her Front Porch

A 73-year-old woman was shot and killed while sitting on her porch in Dorchester Saturday evening.

Police identified the victim as Delois Brown, and say she was not the intended target.

The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. Saturday — one of the first warm spring days of the year — around 19 Olney St.

Brown's daughter, Shirley, says her mother was surrounded by children when she was shot.

"It just does not seem real that she is gone," she said. "How can you be so reckless and careless? A lot of kids were out here."

Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey called the shooting "very disturbing."

"It's absurd that a grandmother can't sit on her porch on a beautiful spring day without the worry of gunfire," Janey told reporters at a press conference Saturday night.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins says the perpetrator will be held accountable.

"We are going to be prosecuting people that have guns. You will be sent away and there will be no recourse for you," she said at the press conference.

No arrests have been made in the case yet. Police are urging anyone with information about the shooting to contact them at (617) 343-4470. For anonymous tips, call 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word "TIP" to CRIME (27463).

If you need emotional support, you could reach the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team at (617) 431-0125.

Editor's Note: The Boston Police Department provided an incorrect identification of the victim. We have updated this post with the BPD's corrected identification.

This article was originally published on April 11, 2021.