Updated: Victim Named in Bunker Hill St Shooting Death

A young man was reportedly shot in the head around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Update: On Friday, Dec. 2, Boston police identified the victim of Tuesday's shooting as Willie Turner, 24, of Boston.

Original Article:

Boston Police say a black male victim in his 20s was shot outside 116 Bunker Hill St. (near the intersection with Lexington Street) around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. 

The victim was transported to Mass. General Hospital and pronunced dead. No arrests have been made yet. The victim's identity, Willie Turner, 24 of Boston, was released on Friday.

News of the shooting was posted as follows on Twitter by @CrimeBoston
"25-year-old man shot to the head on Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown."

On Charlestown Patch's Facebook page, readers say they passed the crime scene during the evening commute -- one even witnessed a "huge pool of blood on the sidewalk. It was very disturbing."

This the second shooting death in the neighborhood in recent months. Anthony Worrell, 28, of Roxbury was shot and killed on Aug. 31 outside Boston Police never reported making any arrests in that case.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently protect the identity of all individuals who wish to remain anonymous.

william Brassil November 30, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Why does the entire story say Monday?
Kristi Ceccarossi November 30, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Because I have been working too much....
Seamus O'Sullivan November 30, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Wow. This is the second murder in this area in the last few months. Kristi, any sense as to what's driving this? Drugs? Gang activity? Both?
Kristi Ceccarossi November 30, 2011 at 01:58 PM
I shouldn't speculate, but maybe drugs? Boston Police gave me little to no info on the last shooting. But it's definitely worth asking again about it - and see whether officers are looking at a possible link.
Kristi Ceccarossi November 30, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Here's a link to the last story: http://charlestown.patch.com/articles/charlestown-shooting-victim-identified
Julia Gaynor November 30, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Thank you for reporting on this, Kristi. I just emailed the Globe to ask them why they never report on these stories in Charlestown. A shooting death right on Bunker Hill street near several bus stops and several businesses in the middle of the evening rush hour commute is very scary for those of us who live here - and should be reported on by the Globe. Thank you again for making it a priority for the Patch.
Kristi Ceccarossi November 30, 2011 at 02:40 PM
I agree, Julia -- it's a very big deal for the community. I'm waiting right now for the police to call me back with (hopefully) some more detail.
mohvl November 30, 2011 at 04:37 PM
I drove by at 6pm with my 3 kids in the car, on the way home from preschool. On a sidewalk about 10 feet from the curb there was a 3-4 foot diameter pool of blood. The area was cordoned off with police tape, there were about 6 police cruisers. It is very disconcerting to imagine what could have happened if I had driven by with me kids in the car 30 min earlier and a stray bullet had been shot. I worry about the issues that lead to the shooting and the fact that shootings are happening in our neighborhood which is packed tightly with families and small children. We should feel safe in our neighborhood!
Daniel Marcella November 30, 2011 at 04:40 PM
I have always saw the Globe is irrelevant, out-of-touch, elitist. (Now more than ever.) Truthfully I know very few people who still actually READ it. The Herald at least reported it.
DFlannigan December 01, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Jake: shame on you. No one deserves this. What will it take to get this community's attention??? Were is the outrage?
Allen December 01, 2011 at 02:00 AM
The Globe reported on it - that's actually where I first spotted the news - albeit online and at the metro Desk - Here's the link: http://www.boston.com/Boston/metrodesk/2011/11/charlestown-shooting-leaves-one-man-dead/s9B5KpkB03ILF3yQNeqSqI/index.html
Julia Gaynor December 01, 2011 at 06:59 PM
The Globe reported on it a few hours after I emailed them to ask them to report on it... and many hours after the Herald had. But at least they did!
survivor December 01, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Dflannigan, u r entirely right NO one deserves this . This boy was a wounderful father brother son and so fourth if u do not no the person wat right do u have to judge as someone who is family w this young man I am discussed with wat I hav been seein on blogs on local sites were people r sayin it wasn't random and he probaly deserved it . Absoulty NOT he didn't and for people who didn't know him how dare they judge
Faith December 02, 2011 at 12:31 AM
this man was my family member and he didnt deserve this at all..no one deserve to die this way no matter what.. he had small children and was a good person...some negative people cant stand to have a positive hard working male around and can be intimidated or jealous..Rest in Peace and for the negative people i wionder if you would say mean things if this was your family..GOD BLESS
Faith December 02, 2011 at 12:34 AM
im glad they reported this because i been trying to figure out what happen and had a hard time looking for information
Rob O'Brien December 02, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Have there been any further developments in this story since Wednesday? Has the victim been identified?
survivor December 02, 2011 at 06:46 PM
He has been identified but it will not be released , he is family and people need to realize No one NO one deserves wat has happened to this beautyful man. People do not realize they think they r hurtin this person but they r not he no longer is able to feel he is gone we will neva be able to see again WE r the ones that hurts his mother siblings and all the others that knew him will be the ones who hurt for the rest of there lives. RIP M.T. U will be missed and loved always
Owen December 03, 2011 at 02:54 AM
survivor, Is that seriously how you communicate in the written word?
Owen December 03, 2011 at 02:56 AM
I grew up around this type of violence in South Philly. At least Philadelphia ripped down the projects. BPD needs to work this aggressively. Charlestown is a beautiful community, and all residents, whether they are living in the projects or in a brownstone on Monument Square, need to band together and refuse to accept violence in our community.
Buzz Burton December 03, 2011 at 05:46 AM
William Turner, 23 of Boston was arrested September 27, 2010 and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm within 500’ of a Dwelling and Malicious Destruction of Property after interview of the two occupants of the car revealed that the suspect was the one who fired the shots at the victims the day before. Yup, sound like a great family man and role model.........live by the gun die by the gun......
Owen December 03, 2011 at 06:09 AM
Buzz, Obviously my heart goes out to his family and friends. No matter what, the violent death of a loved one is tough to bear. Having said that, there is an underlying current of crime and violence in Charlestown that I feel few people want to address. Overall it's a great place to live. However, turn onto the wrong street and things can feel shady really quick. That's a pretty serious list of chargesm by the way. Why was this person walking free barley a year after being arrested for multiple felonies?
Allen December 03, 2011 at 06:59 AM
Buzz - Live by the gun, die by the gun - really? I hear you and I get it but we're missing the point here. As a village we need to be more diligent of what is going on in C-Town. Oddly enough, I was walking from Elm Street to Bunker Hill to pick up a few groceries from the small Convience mart - near Concord that day at 5:30 and I heard something that sounded like a loud crack. I did look up and notice 4-5 females two blocks down the street (near the Bus stop) towards the incident - one girl screamed out but was laughing at the time. There was no one on the sidewalk that was laying down bleeding from the head and the girls crossed the street and went about their way - I thought the noise was odd and different, but I didn't see anything out of the ordinary - at least 'my ordinary.' In my world, "my ordinary" is feeling safe in Charlestown (lived here for more than 12 years) and nothing goes wrong in Charlestown - I'll admit it - pretty naive way of thinking. That is exactly what pisses me off about that shooting - my own negligence and naivety, which probably represents a huge portion of Charlestown. I want, (back-up) - rather, I AM staying in Charlestown as long as possible - I love it here. And, I'm tired of seeing the zombies in the Johnnie's Food Master parking lot - smashed to the hilt off whatever drug of choice. I am pissed off that I know several kids, my son's age (7) whose mom or dad Odeed.
Allen December 03, 2011 at 07:26 AM
Oh yeah - I'm still writing...I have a few friends that live in the projects and they are amazing parents. Who is standing up for them as this goes on? People - we have to be observant - and that means for everyone in this town. If you see something say something - it's a corny line from the MBTA train announcer, but he's right. Hell, most of the movies that have been filmed in this town have been about Charlestown's code of silence - yeah real glamorous, especially for the guy that paid for his life this week. As I step off my soap box, can I offer a few ideas to break the tide of the unobservants in this town - including me: Neighborhood Watch program - I believe this could work? do you? Get more people from Charlestown involved through a flyer campaign - door-to-door - I don't think many people know that someone was killed on Bunker Hill? Liason to the Globe, Herald? - Matt can you help with this? Gun buy-back program - the Charlestown version - Offer Bruins tickets? Enough talk - other ideas?
Owen December 03, 2011 at 08:50 AM
I grew up in a part of South Philadelphia that puts the worst neighborhood Boston has to offer to shame. I'm not bragging about that. The pop of gun fire was a relatively common occurance, especially on hot summer nights. An organized neighborhood movement to make things safer would have been wonderful. The difference between there on Charlestown? Organizing a community movement would have been pretty much impossible there. People feared for their lives and the gangs and other violent criminals had no qualms about dealing out death to anyone they thought deserved it. In our community in Boston it is totally possible, and that's a beautiful thing. The place to start is in our own buildings (or next door neighbors for those with houses). Leafleting the town and trying to get everyone looking in the same direction at once would be a lofty goal and hard to manage. But plant the seed with those around you and watch it grow.
Lil Swanson December 05, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Yup you hit the nail right on the head Buzz...the story is ALWAYS..he was a good guy...he was going back to school for his GED so he could get a better job and feed his five kids that are getting wic and welfare...BULLSH**T...get this vermon out of the neighborhood
tasha January 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM
This is an outrage. My grandmother has lived in Charlestown for 22 years and i stayed with her for the last 2. The amount of crimes that are going unheard of, is disturbing. My 6 year old was just getting home with my grandmother minutes before the shooting, as i was on the bus behind the one they were on. Knowing that my own child and grandmother could have got off at that stop witnessed it or have been caught in the crossfire angers me. NO ONE deserves that.
tasha January 05, 2012 at 02:15 PM
there is NOTHING but drugs, gangs, and violence in Charlestown, and it all goes unspoken of. Its a shame with all the families around there, and all the little children that run around and have to listen to the bullshit and walk by and see it also. I've woken up to go to school and work on numerous occasions, and have seen drug addicts sleeping in the hallway of my grandmothers building, I've gone to the stairs and seen of number of needles all over the place. It's disgusting, and yet they just now want to try and put a stop to it.
Owen January 06, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Tasha, You are absolutely wrong. Proof: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/Boston_MA_02129_M37985-60056 http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/7-Adams-St_Boston_MA_02129_M41226-99225 You want to see "NOTHING but drugs, gangs, and violence", then take a stroll around my old stomping grounds in Philly. You'll get an education and finally learn what real crime ridden areas look like. Charlestown is a great neighborhood will a couple rough spots. Welcome to urban living.


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