Authorities investigating shooting of Chelsea man

By John Lynds and Joshua Resnek

Chelsea and State Police are investigating a Tuesday afternoon shooting that left a 29-year-old Chelsea resident dead.

Chelsea Police responded to a report of a gunshot victim inside the public housing complex at 230 Central Ave on Wednesday.

Officers arrived with emergency medical personnel and administered first aid to the male victim.

According to the police, he was shot multiple times.

The victim, 29 year-old Louis Rodriguez, was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital a short time later.

Investigators are interviewing witnesses to determine the circumstances that led to the shooting and to help identify the perpetrator.

Although police would not comment on the investigation, it is believed that camera surveillance tapes may provide some information upon review.

Chelsea residents are reminded they can provide information anonymously to the Police Department by calling the 24 hr Crime Stoppers TIP line at 617-466-4880 or texting the word Chelsea and then their message to tip411 (847411) from their cell phone. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Departments website at

This is the second homicide in Chelsea this year.

It has prompted Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash to issue and impassioned message to the city’s residents, and which is printed on page 4.

Last May, teen Roland Polacios, 17, died at Massachusetts General Hospital after he had sustained a gunshot wound during a brazen daylight shooting in the area of 20 Suffolk St.

Chelsea and State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office have been investigating the shooting non-stop since shortly after it took place but have yet to arrest a suspect.

In other Chelsea Police news, detectives are investigating two suspicious devices that were left in a wooded area behind a shopping plaza parking lot last week.

Chelsea Police were dispatched to the rear of 1084 Revere Beach Parkway after receiving information that a possible explosive device was left at that location.

Officers on scene called the Boston and Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squads who responded and took control of what was described as altered fireworks connected together by a fuse.

Bomb officials stated if the device exploded it could have severely injured persons in the immediate vicinity. Chelsea Detectives are continuing the investigation.

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