WCVB reports the owner of AC Hardware, 1562 Tremont St., was shot during a robbery attempt around 4 p.m. Three men were arrested at Cedar and Lambert streets in Roxbury - two of them with injuries from the encounter serious enough to put them in the hospital.
Last month, Mission Hill Main Streets had named AC Hardware - named for owner Andres Cruz, 58 - its 2017 Business of the Year.
I can't handle this. Andres was always kind to me whenever I hit up AC for the last minute project stuff I needed. I'm gutted.
Stephen Morrissey writes:
He always had what I thought I needed, which cost $10, and what he told me I needed, which cost $1.50. A thoughtful, generous man.
Boston Police have identified the suspects as Christian Soto-Olivero, 21, of Mattapan, Jerome Hobson of Dorchester, 38 and Shawn Redden, 26, of Brockton.
Responding officers were able to provide a description of a possible suspect vehicle that had since left the area. Additional officers on patrol observed a vehicle matching that description traveling on Cedar Street toward Washington Street. Officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, but a brief pursuit ensued. The three occupants finally stopped the car and fled on foot from the vehicle in the area of Cedar Street and Lambert Avenue. Officers chased the suspects on foot and quickly apprehended all three individuals.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:
At least one suspect is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in West Roxbury Municipal Court; one or both of the others may be arraigned at Brigham & Women's Hospital and/or Boston Medical Center, where they were separately transported for injuries they apparently sustained in the course of the fatal encounter.
In a statement, Police Commissioner William Evans said:
This was brazen daytime shooting of a good, well-respected man doing the right thing. Thanks to a quick response by my officers, we believe we have the three cowards responsible for this homicide in custody.