Killed – Rashaan O’Neil (Dorchester, MA)


The 36-year-old male fatally shot early Christmas morning in Dorchester has been identified as Rashaan O’Neil. The investigation into his death continues, according to Suffolk Country district attorney’s Daniel Conley’s office .

O’Neil was killed after shots were fired outside a house party at 92 Wales St. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Associated Press reported that the shots were fired after a fight broke out at the party.

Another woman at the party was injured by shattered glass. She was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, police told the Globe.

Prosecutors have charged a Dorchester man they believe to be responsible for a fatal Christmas day shooting after he walked into a police station to retrieve his car, which had been left near the scene of the crime.

At his arraignment in Dorchester Municipal Court on Wednesday, Ian Holness, 27, pleaded innocent to murdering 36-year-old Rashaan O’Neill, of Randolph.

Prosecutors allege that on the night of Dec. 24 Holness and O’Neill separately attended the same concert on Talbot Avenue and an after-party on Wales Street.

In the basement of the house-party, Holness allegedly shot O’Neill in the back of the head, prosecutors said.

A group of women who had been standing near O’Neill when he was shot told police that as they fled the house they were fired at by someone in a dark sedan.

One of the women was hit in the hand and taken to Carney Hospital.

Officers canvasing the area where the women were shot at found spent shell casings and a damaged 2002 Jaguar registered to Holness, prosecutors said.

Inside the car, they found several more shell casings, which were matched to casings inside the Wales Street home.

Stanley Staco reports a man was shot around 4:30 a.m. at a party at 92 Wales St. Boston Police report the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Holness was arrested later Christmas Day when he entered the police station on Blue Hill Avenue to recover his car.


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