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Shooting at The Dublin House in Upham's Corner

Posted: July 30, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

When asked for his commentary on the recent violence in the Roxbury and Dorchester areas, freshman state Rep. Carlos Henriquez (D-Roxbury) said "I don't think anyone deserves to be shot in our streets.

But, we have to be honest about the activities our friends and family members engage in. . . . The big piece of this is an accountability piece. We put it on police and on elected officials, but the community has to own this."

This story is an example of residents who chose to take responsibility, speak out and assist in holding those who engage in crime accountable for their behavior.

Shooting at the Dublin HouseThe Dublin House at 7 Stoughton St near Columbia Road is a popular bar with many of the patrons arriving after 10 PM and leaving around one o'clock in the morning.  This is not a bar is known for problematic behavior.

In the early hours of July 29, 2011 the Dublin House was about to be cited as the location of murder #5 in Upham's Corner 2011.  According to the Suffolk County Dist. Atty.'s office the victim appeared near death at first but is now expected to recover.

According to the Boston Police Department, the C-11 routine patrols observed the crowd begin to run from the Dubin House around 1:11am and reported hearing what sounded like shots being fired.

It is to the credit of many patrons that an arrest took place. 

While officers were making their way through the crowd, several patrons pointed officers in the direction of the suspect who the officers could see was walking away from the location in a rushed manner.

In the meanwhile, officers located a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a motor vehicle parked in the area of Belden Street. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center.

Leonard YoungWhile observing the suspect walking away, officers also noticed that he bent down as he passed a parked motor vehicle, as if he were dropping an object. That turned out to be keys to an Acura found nearby.  But with the aid of a Boston Police K-9 unit, the police were able to locate a firearm in the area of 50 Stoughton Street inside the grounds of the Dorchester North Burying Ground.

The police caught and detained the suspect and witnesses positively identified him as the individual responsible for shooting the victim.

Officers arrested Leonard Young, 33, of Mattapan and charged him Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (gun), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

At his arraignment in Dorchester District Court, Leonard W. Young, an unemployed father of six, was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and various weapons charges.

Young's defense lawyer, Jessica Tripp, said police have not connected her client to the gun. "It's very difficult for us to ascertain, at this point, what motive they have to identify Mr. Young as the shooter," she said.

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