Quincy police said a double shooting in a residential neighborhood early Wednesday was probably gang-related, and they are making headway in the investigation, even though the victims and witnesses have been uncooperative.
Investigators are still piecing together what happened on Arlington Street in the Montclair neighborhood, where two Quincy men were shot while sitting in the back of a cab. The cab had pulled up to a house at 3:45 a.m. to let four passengers out, when a person came up to the cab and fired several shots through the door and window.
A 19-year-old man was hit in the stomach and the arm. Another passenger, a 22-year-old man, was hit above the elbow.
The cabdriver took the men to Quincy Medical Center, where the 22-year-old had the bullet removed and was released. The 19-year-old was transferred to Boston Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and was in serious condition Wednesday. Police said Thursday that he had not been discharged.
According to Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan, the four passengers are known to police. “We have a pretty good idea about all the parties involved. . . . We don’t know who the shooter was, but a lot of people involved were known to us with incidents that happened in the past,” Keenan said.
Those details have led police to believe the violence was gang-related. Keenan said the shooting did not appear to be drug-related, but the investigation is continuing.
Keenan noted that the men who were shot and the other passengers have not been cooperative. “We’re still going full throttle and following up on leads where we can, but with uncooperative victims and witnesses, it makes it a bit more cumbersome,” he said.
Police have arrested two Quincy men who know the victims, but gave different accounts of what occurred the morning of the shooting. Lamaar Matthews, 21, and Quentin Wilson, 26, were charged with misleading a police investigation.
Overall, gang problems are not very prevalent in Quincy, Keenan said.
“We generally don’t have a gang issue in Quincy,” Keenan said. “We have some gang members that visit family members. Some may live here.” He added that Quincy police continually exchange information with Boston and regional authorities.
Quincy police were investigating whether the incident was related to any previous crimes, including a November shooting in which two Quincy men were killed in Roxbury. Both men, Sean Repetto, 25, and Victor Otoadese, 21, were Quincy High graduates.
“We’re looking at that lead, but don’t know how fruitful it would be,” Keenan said.