A shooting left two men dead early Friday afternoon outside a drugstore on Warren Street in Roxbury, Boston police said.
Both men were shot in a silver rental car with Nevada license plates outside the Walgreens at Quincy and Warren streets, said Boston Police Superintendent William B. Evans. Police arrived at the scene shortly after 1:30 p.m., while students were being dismissed from Boston Latin Academy a couple of hundred yards away.
The identities of the victims, both in their 20s, were not released. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he later died, police said. The two deaths followed another homicide in Boston shortly after midnight Friday.
Abu Kamara, 33, of Randolph, said he had just sat down to eat lunch in the break room of a dialysis center next to the drugstore when he heard several shots.
“I heard something that sounded like a firecracker,” Kamara said. He said he heard about four pops, but another employee of the dialysis center told him he heard as many as eight shots.
Kamara said he ran outside, where authorities were descending on the parking lot. Stunned, Kamara was ushered back into the dialysis center, which continued to receive patients all afternoon despite the transformation of the parking lot into a crime scene.
The father of the man who died at the scene was outside the Walgreens but declined to speak.
Family and friends arrived at the parking lot during the afternoon, and two women were led away wailing.
One of the women rushed under the yellow crime scene tape and officers had to restrain her briefly against a police vehicle.
“I just want to know [what happened],’’ the woman shouted.
The body of the man who died at the scene lay under a white sheet near the car until it was moved into a medical examiner’s van shortly before 5 p.m. The sedan’s rear driver’s side window was shattered.
A woman, who said her first name was Theresa but declined to give her last name because she feared for her safety, said she did not hear the gunshots but was leaving Walgreens after the shooting when she was stopped by police.
“They just said, ‘Back up, back up, back up,’ ” she said.
Police blocked off the parking lot outside the drugstore and dialysis center, and Theresa waited for a few hours to retrieve her car, which she said was parked next to the spot where the two victims were shot.
“It’s traumatizing,” she said. “I mean, I hope I don’t go home and dream about this tonight. I just feel bad for the parents.”
Eddie Gargano, part owner of the property, said security cameras are installed in the parking lot; a sign just above the shot-up car alerts visitors to video surveillance in the area.
Drivers in passing cars and school children in buses craned their necks out of windows to look at the shooting scene. A few dozen people stood on a traffic median outside the Walgreens. Many of them were neighborhood residents, apparently upset by the violence.
“The community is under attack from individuals who are out, for whatever reason, to murder each other,’’ said Omar Franklin, 51, who has lived in the neighborhood since he was a child.
Franklin called the drugstore shooting an act of “domestic terrorism.’’
Darren Rustin, 45, of Roxbury, said he was down the street from the Walgreens when commotion drew him to the parking lot. He expressed exasperation with the violence.
“I’m just sick and tired of it,” Rustin said.
Councilor Tito Jackson visited the scene at midafternoon and called the shooting a “brazen and cowardly act.”
“I think our community has a right to be angry,” Jackson said. “We deserve the same kind of protection, we deserve the same type of peace of mind as any other neighborhood.”
The afternoon shooting was the second homicide in Boston in less than 13 hours on Friday.
Around 12:43 a.m., police said, officers arrived at 41 Prentiss St. in Roxbury and found a man shot to death inside the apartment; a woman had been shot in the hand. The names of those victims have also not been released.
No arrests have been made in either attack. Boston police ask anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 617-343-4470.Zachary T. Sampson can be reached at email@example.com.