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Five shot in three attacks in Boston, police say

Police reported three separate shootings in Boston neighborhoods Wednesday that left five victims wounded on a warm spring night as authorities were consumed with investigating the Boston Marathon bombings.

Two people were shot near the intersection of Woodrow Avenue and Lauriat Street in Dorchester around 6:30 p.m., said Officer Neva Coakley, a spokeswoman for Boston ­police. Homicide detectives were dispatched to the scene, a sign that police feared the injuries could be severe, she said.

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Both victims were taken to Boston Medical Center and at least one had life-threatening injuries, said Officer Katherine Shea, another police spokeswoman.

Woodrow Avenue was cordoned off in sections about 8 p.m., closing off the area near an intersection at Tucker Street.

About two hours later, a man was shot on Dudley Street in Roxbury, Shea said. ­Although the man’s condition was not immediately available, the homicide unit was also called to the scene, Shea said.

At about 10 p.m., two people were shot on Shawmut Avenue in the South End, Shea said. One victim was struck in the leg, she said. Shea said she had no information on the other victim’s injuries.

Police said they do not know if any of the three shootings are related or if any arrests had been made by Wednesday night.

Derek J. Anderson can be reached at derek.anderson@­
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