Roxbury Man Charged for Firing Shots on Northampton Street

A gunman reportedly opened fire towards a group of people on Wednesday night.

One suspect is in custody for allegedly opening fire towards a large group of people on Northampton Street on Wednesday night. 

Shermake Duale of 89 Hammond Street, Roxbury is accused of firing handgun towards a group of people then fleeing the scene on a bicycle. 

Boston Police officers responded to a report of shots fired near Washington Street and Northampton Street around 7:30 p.m.

When police arrived, a security guard flagged down Boston Police officers and told them that they had seen a man on a mountain bike fleeing towards Lenox Street. Officers canvased the area and stopped a man who fit the description near Lenox Street and brought him back to Northampton Street for identification.

Duale was arrested as the suspect after three witnesses identified him.

Police later located a 9 MM handgun in the lock back position with an empty clip on Northampton Street, they said. Officers also said they observed a motor vehicle with two bullet holes, which was parked at the scene of the shooting. Witnesses observed the suspect firing the weapon towards a large group of people prior to fleeing the scene on the mountain bike, according to police. 

Duale was charged with possession of a firearm, malicious destruction of property and three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Information used in this article was supplied by the Boston Police Department. Charges do not indicate a conviction.

Southender September 30, 2012 at 06:44 PM
North Hampton St. is part of Roxbury, not the Southend. Google historic map of Southend and the lines do not cross Mass Ave.
Sara Jacobi October 01, 2012 at 01:17 PM
The South End extends past Mass. Ave and over to Melnea Cass Blvd. Agree to disagree?
Northguy October 01, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I agree with Sara. Northampton St is well within the South End, and has always been so (just look at the property descriptions in land records dating back over a century). The area between Lenox St to Melnea Cass is the cusp between the two. As far as what is and is not Roxbury, technically pretty much anything between Arlington St and Jamaica Plan can be considered Roxbury, but excluding much of the South End, but including almost all of the Back Bay. Roxbury's historical boundaries ran along about where Lenox St is today, north to about an area between St Boltolph and Huntington Ave. From there it turned east-northeast as a water boundary (remember, this is long before the filling of the Back Bay) to an spot at about the area of Columbus Ave and Arlington St. From there the water boundary ran north, at about parallel to the area between Arlington and Berkeley to the middle of the Charles River, where it met the border with Cambridge. As the Back Bay was filled in, the border was moves west, until Roxbury itself was disincorporated as a separate municipality and annexed to Boston. Why most of the South End was never legally a part of Roxbury, (to simplify) is because it was built from Boston Neck (today's Washington Street) out, and Boston Neck was within the corporate bounds of Boston as that happened.
Sara Jacobi October 01, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Wow, very thorough! I was going based on the current-day boundaries of the South End, but I'm glad to hear it's backed up by so much history. Thanks for sharing.


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