Three men were shot, one fatally, on Park Street in Dorchester Monday night, only hours after a young man suffered life-threatening injuries in a separate daylight shooting at a Roxbury apartment complex, Boston police said.
One man in the Dorchester triple shooting was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other two victims were taken to Boston Medical Center in critical condition, police said. Both are expected to survive.
Police said the shooting occurred shortly after 10:10 p.m., and officers patrolling nearby Dakota Street heard shots and responded immediately.
“They were here within a minute,” Police Superintendent William Evans said at the scene.
Police said that the shootings occurred near Park and Marlowe streets and that the man who died collapsed in front of a building on Park Street. That building is believed to be a rooming house, and there are indications that at least two of the victims live there, police said.
Captain John Danilecki said witnesses initially reported seeing a van flee the area. Evans, however, said later that police received conflicting reports on people who may have fled.
He said police have not determined whether the slaying is connected to prior shootings in the city.
None of the victims were identified Monday night.
A neighbor who declined to give his name reported hearing about 10 shots.
Another neighbor, who also declined to be named, said two bullets sped past him inside his home and lodged in a wall.
“Yeah, I was scared,” said the neighbor, who showed pictures of the bullets to a reporter.
Melissa Khan, 21, who lives on Park Street, arrived home to find police cars and a closed-off block. “I’m not even surprised,” she said. “I don’t want even to live here anymore.”
Khan recalled hearing about numerous shootings and one stabbing near her home in the past couple of weeks.
In the afternoon shooting in Roxbury, Evans said officers received a call around 4:25 p.m. that a young man age 17 to 20 was shot in the upper body in a courtyard inside the Charlame Park Homes II at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Humboldt Avenue, just steps from the Higginson/
Lewis K-8 School.
Evans said the victim, who was not identified, was found in the courtyard and was taken to Boston Medical Center. Police said he was in critical condition Monday night.
Late Monday afternoon, police tape blocked off the well-tended courtyard inside the apartment complex, and Martin Luther King Boulevard westbound was closed to traffic. Teams using police dogs prowled the grassy area across the boulevard looking for evidence.
Evans said violence was unusual in the quiet corner of Roxbury. “This is the first one we’ve had around here in a long time,” he said of the shooting.
Laurita Crawl, 41, has lived near the intersection for most of her life. She said that when she worked as a lifeguard at the nearby Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex many years ago, she would sometimes find discarded guns on the grounds, but crime has been a rare sight in recent years.
“I just see a lot of young people with not a whole lot to do, but I don’t see a whole lot of criminal activity,” Crawl said.
Austin Lynch, 6 5, said he lives in the complex and has often seen the young man who was shot, though he believed that the victim lived a few blocks away.
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