Boston, MA– On Saturday, 74-year-old retired grandmother Eleanor Maloney was shot and killed by a stray bullet outside of her house in Mattapan. Boston Police have stated that Maloney was not the shooter’s intended victim, reports WCVB. Two men were also shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The shooting happened around 5:00 p.m on Saturday on Mattapan Street; no arrests have been made yet.
Beloved by her family and those that knew her, Eleanor Maloney was originally from Barbados and had recently retired from her career as an operating room technician at Boston Medical Center, where she worked for 40 years. Maloney was working on the day of the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013, and treated many of the victims.
City leaders were angered at the violence and saddened by the loss to the community. Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh both gave statements on the shooting death of an innocent victim of gun violence.
Commissioner Gross said, “Our neighborhoods are better than this. Let's give this family some justice. Let's give her some justice." In his own address, Mayor Walsh stated, “When you have a situation where an elderly woman gets killed in front of her house, enough is enough. Enough is enough.”
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins also promised to seek justice for the victim and her family. "We will be working around the clock to make sure this family gets accountability and we are going to work very hard to make sure our homicide numbers are down," said Rollins.
Some community members noted the need for stricter gun control laws. There have been 11 homicides in Boston so far in 2019, reports UniversalHub; eight of the fatalities were from gunshot wounds.
The Mattapan shooting remains under investigation, and no suspect has been publicly identified. Boston Police have asked the public to come forward with any information on the shooting. As always, anonymous tips can be reported through the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS, or by texting the word “TIP” to the number “27463” (CRIME).