Man shot in Mattapan Square; suspect caught, held on high bail

A Hyde Park man is charged with shooting a man over an argument he initially had nothing to do with inside the T-Mobile store on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan Square yesterday afternoon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Saquan Gaul, 23, was ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail today at his arraignment in Dorchester Municipal Court on a variety of gun charges, the DA's office says.

According to prosecutors, Gaul decided to insert himself in a dispute between his victim, 51, and a woman inside the T-Mobile store at 1667 Blue Hill Ave. around 2:30 p.m.

Gaul and the other man walked outside and Gaul then shot him in the hand and thigh. As the man slumped into a chair that happened to be sitting outside the store, Gaul fled down River Street and Edgewater Drive, the DA's office says.

A witness pointed police to an Edgewater Drive store that Gaul had entered.

Gaul was found to be in possession of a Taurus PT. 22 caliber handgun with what appeared to be a spent shell casing jammed in the barrel’s breach, prosecutors said. He was also found to be carrying a plastic bag of crack cocaine.

Gaul was formally charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm and possession of a Class B substance as a subsequent offense based on a 2015 conviction for possession of a class B substance. He was also charged as a Level III armed career criminal for a 2014 assault conviction and two convictions in 2012 for assault and battery on a police officer. The Level III charge means longer potential sentences should he be convicted.

Innocent, etc.

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How about it is our business

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I'd like to know why a violent career criminal was out and about after committing and being convicted of a string of serious offenses over the past five years.

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OMG

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Let's break this down

One drug case - not distribution but possession

One assault case - not assault and battery but assault, which basically means a threat

Two ABPOs - This could be anything, but two in one year means it was probably pushing and shoving two cops during an arrest

If this constitutes a string of serious offenses by a violent career criminal where you come from, then welcome to the big city, kid

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I'm from the city. Getting

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I'm from the city. Getting convicted of that much serious carp in a short period of time is disturbing and NOT normal. Condoning punk behavior like that is why some neighborhoods aren't safe.

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You Don't Know The Fact

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You people have a bad habit of voicing your opinion with know the facts, which makes you ignorant.

He could have been a stand up guy, defending this woman.
He could been a peace-maker

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A peacemaker, sure

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Who just happens to be carrying a gun and puts two holes into a guy twice his age.

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Exactly

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When I see a man arguing with a woman, the first thing I think is "I should probably shoot the guy."

Salt of the earth. Stand up guy. Hyde Park needs more guys like this.

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You mean

He could have been that fabled "good guy with a gun"?

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