One person is dead and a second person is hospitalized with serious injuries following an afternoon shooting in the parking lot of the Walgreens store on Warren Street in Roxbury, Boston police said.
Police have sealed off the parking lot of the pharmacy where two vehicles that apparently were involved in the shooting sat motionless. The rear window on the driver’s side of one of the cars has been shot apart.
Police were called to the parking lot around 1:34 p.m. today.
The building has surveillance cameras and signs alerting the public to their existence, although it was not known if the shooting was captured on tape.
Boston Police Superintendent William B. Evans said at the scene that both victims were shot while they were sitting in a rental car with Nevada license plates.
Two women, who apparently have some connection to the shooting victims, had to be led away from the area following dramatic and emotional outbursts. One woman rushed toward the area police had cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape, and had to be briefly restrained by police.
“I just want to know what happened,’’ the woman shouted aloud. “What is going on? I just want to know!’’
Area residents were deeply upset with the outbreak of violence during the daylight hours, an incident that has caused traffic slowdowns and is preventing people from accessing the drug store while police investigate.
“The community is under attack from individuals who are out, for whatever reason, to murder each other,’’ said Omar Franklin, who is 51 years old and has lived in the neighborhood since he was a child.
Franklin called the drug store shooting an act of “domestic terrorism.’’
The violence in Walgreens was the second fatal shooting in Boston in about 13 hours today.
Around 12:42 a.m. today, police said they arrived at an apartment at 41 Prentiss St. in Roxbury and found a man who had been shot to death inside the apartment. A woman had been shot in the hand, police said.
The names of the homicide victims have not been released.
No arrests have been made in either attack.John R. Ellement can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.