Kaitlin McKinley Becker

Shooting Victim Found Dead Outside Boston Medical Center, Second Victim Walks Into Hospital

Freddy Centeio, a father of two, was shot and killed hours after his 30th birthday, family members say

Police in Boston are investigating the death of a man who was found shot in a car outside Boston Medical Center.

Family members identify the victim as Freddy Centeio. They say the father of two was killed just hours after his 30th birthday.

"I mean it's devastating," Centeio's cousin, Joao Pereira, said. "It's heartbreaking to see another young man lose his life."

Pereira says his cousin had been out to dinner with a friend and was making his way home when he instead found himself at BMC where Boston police say two men pulled up to the emergency room entrance around 1 a.m. with gunshot wounds.

Centeio died in the car from his injuries, but the second shooting victim made it inside BMC and was treated for non-life threatening injuries, Boston police said.

Authorities found Centeio in the passenger seat of the car near the medical center after canvassing the area following a report of a gunshot victim walking into BMC.

Minutes before police found Centeio shot, they found bullet holes and damage to several cars in a Dorchester neighborhood.

Authorities say at about 12:45 a.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 58 Percival Street in Dorchester. There, police found evidence of a shooting.

“It was a mess, it was a mess,” one Dorchester resident said of hearing shots in his neigborhood. “It shouldn’t happen here. “I can’t speak for other people, but it’s like, damn, I mean this is what you got? This is what you give to the world? It’s not right.”

Centeio’s family says they will hold a vigil for him in the coming days.

“It’s like sad,” Pereira said. “Another young father who’s not going to be there for his kids.”

Officials have not revealed the identities of the shooting victims. Details on what led up to the shooting were not immediately clear and remain under investigation.

Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at 617-343-4470. Anonymous tips can be made by calling CrimeStoppers at 7-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word 'TIP' to 27463.

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