Hill business owner shot, killed

Mission Hill business owner Andres Cruz was shot and killed yesterday during an apparent robbery at his AC Hardware store on Tremont Street.

Officers from the Boston Police Department soon located a vehicle matching the description of one leaving the scene of the shooting, and after a brief chase, arrested three suspects: 21-year-old Christian Soto-Olivero of Mattapan, 38-year-old Jerome D. Hobson of Dorchester, and 26-year-old Shawn Redden of Brockton.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Hobson and Redden will be arraigned today in West Roxbury Municipal Court on murder and firearm charges. Soto-Olivero is at Boston Medical Center and it is unclear when he will be arraigned. Defense attorneys for the suspects have not been announced.

Cruz, who was well respected in the community and called “Cholo” by locals, recently received an award from Mission Hill Main Streets for “business of the year.”

More information on the shooting and community reaction will appear in the Mission Hill Gazette’s August 4 issue.

From press materials

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