Two people are dead four others have been injured following a night of violence in Boston.
Boston police confirm to NewsCenter 5 that they have responded to four separate scenes in the span of four hours in the city on Sunday night. All of the crime scenes are located within a mile and a half of each other.
“We’re in the early stage of these investigations so unknown if these incidents are related to each other but we’re asking the public for their help,” said Boston police Supt. Felipe Colon.
Police responded to the first shooting on Blue Hill Avenue at about 7:47 p.m. near the intersection of Washington Street in Dorchester where officers located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital by Boston EMS where he was pronounced dead.
“We are going to continue to pray for the safety and welfare and peace for our city,” Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said, speaking briefly to the media at the scene. “There are simply too many guns on our streets and too many incidents that happen as a result.”
At approximately 11:08 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Quincy Street near Weldon Street in Roxbury for a report of a person shot, a half-mile from the first shooting scene. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim at that scene suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital by Boston EMS and was also pronounced deceased.
Both shootings are being investigated by detectives from the Boston Police Homicide Unit. Anyone is with information related to these incidents is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide detectives at 617-343-4470. Anyone wishing to assist anonymously can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS, or by texting the word “TIP” to CRIME(27463).
Just after 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the third shooting scene of the night at 99 Draper St. in Dorchester. Officers located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds inside the dwelling. Boston EMS transported that victim to a local hospital with injuries that are considered life-threatening.
At 11:36 p.m., as officers were still responding to the shooting scene on Draper Street, they received a call reporting two people had been stabbed in the area of 11 Charles St. Arriving officers located two individuals suffering from stab wounds. Both victims were transported to an area hospital by Boston EMS with injuries that are considered non-life threatening. While officers were on scene, they were notified that a third victim had self-applied to a local hospital suffering from a stab wound. That victim’s injuries are also considered non-life threatening.
Boston police urge anyone who finds themselves in need of emotional support or the need to speak with someone about distressing incidents in the community to contact the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT). The services are free, private and available 24/7 by calling 617-431-0125.
“It’s not acceptable for there to be violence in any part of the city, and we are going to do everything possible to have justice and accountability in these situations, and will continue working to make sure every community is safe,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said.
Hayden released an updated statement following the outbreak of violence.
“We should all be outraged by the calamitous violence that rocked our neighborhoods last night. My heart cries out for our city and for everyone impacted by these tragedies. We’ll work tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice and we ask anyone in the community with information to please help us. It is high time, the necessary time indeed, for a tidal attitude shift around illegal gun possession and the havoc it wreaks.”