‘It breaks my heart that two people died on my street’

A deadly shooting that claimed the lives of two men Saturday night on a residential street in Mattapan left neighbors shaken Sunday as police sought the public’s help in the investigation.

Two men in their late 40s died at area hospitals after officers found them suffering from gunshot wounds in the area of 12 Violet St. at 11:10 p.m. Saturday, according to Boston police.

Police did not release the victims’ identities Sunday.

“It is frustrating; it is really sad,” said a resident who gave her name only as Melissa. “It breaks my heart that two people died on my street last night.”


In separate interviews, Melissa and a neighbor, Sophonia Lucien, said they heard seven shots around 11 p.m. Saturday shortly before police and EMTs arrived.

Lucien, 34, described a chaotic scene near her home after first responders arrived.

She said she saw a Boston police officer performing CPR on an injured man, who was lying on the sidewalk and “bleeding out severely,” she said. A second man was being loaded onto an ambulance parked in the middle of the street, she said.

As the first responders worked, Lucien could hear the screams of bystanders, she said.

The sight left her rattled Sunday morning, and she said the shooting has her worried for herself and her family.

Melissa, 54, has lived on Violet Street for 41 years. She said the violence does not diminish her fondness for the area, which she described as a close-knit neighborhood where residents help each other out clearing snow during the winter.

“Everyone around here is close. . . . We look out for one another,” she said. “I still love my neighbors; I still love my street.”

Melissa said she didn’t know anything about the circumstances that led to the shooting.

Along Violet Street Sunday morning, there was no sign of the previous night’s killings. A woman at the door of 12 Violet St. declined comment to a reporter.


Down the street, a man who gave his name only as Chris said he was checking up on his mother Sunday morning. She was home during the shooting, and although she was frightened by it, she was doing better, he said.

“It’s sometimes rough,” said Chris, 26, who grew up on the street. “It’s the neighborhood. Things like this happen.”

Another man, who declined to give his name, called the shooting senseless.

“This is something that we have been fighting in these urban communities,” he said.

The shootings on Violet Street mark the 10th and 11th homicides in Boston this year, said Sergeant John Boyle, a Boston police spokesman.

Last weekend, police released incorrect information regarding the number of homicides in the city this year after a 74-year-old grandmother was gunned down less than a half-mile away on Mattapan Street on the afternoon of April 6.

Police said on Sunday that they knew of no connections between the two shootings.

The victim in the Mattapan Street shooting, identified by police as Eleanor Maloney, had worked for about 40 years at Boston Medical Center.

The shooting also left two men with non-life-threatening injuries, one of whom was Maloney’s grandson, Anthony Davis, 37.

Davis was arraigned April 8 in his hospital room on charges of illegal gun possession and being an armed career criminal. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail. The second man was not charged.


Boston police said anyone with information about the shootings on Violet Street or Mattapan Street is urged to contact homicide detectives at 617-343-4470.

John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.