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Weekend of violence in Boston leaves 1 dead

Police to review strategies for handling summer crime

Two shootings early Sunday morning capped a violent weekend that left one man dead and at least five people injured across Boston’s neighborhoods, police said.

Early Sunday, a man and a woman were found suffering from gunshot wounds around the same time about a half-mile apart in Dorchester, according to Boston police.

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At 2:42 a.m. officers responded to 18 Speedwell St., where they found the man who had been shot, said Shea. Just two minutes later, the woman was found with a gunshot wound at 95 High St., said Officer Katherine Shea, a Boston Police Department spokeswoman.

The two were recovering on Sunday in “critical but stable condition,” Shea said.

Although the locations are close, Shea said officers are investigating the shootings as separate incidents.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis is expected to meet Monday morning with his staff “to review deployment strategies,” said police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca, referring to crime in the summer, when rates of violence typically rise.

“The department plans to team up with our partners and district captains to coordinate a response to the gang violence,” Fiandaca said in a statement. “Our focus will be on those responsible and the groups that support them.”

Fiandaca did not say whether any of the weekend’s shootings were gang-related.

A spokesman for Thomas M. Menino said the mayor is aware of the weekend shootings and is receiving regular briefings from Davis.

“The mayor is directing the police and city human services agencies to increase their outreach and take additional proactive steps to ensure that we are getting out in the community and doing our best to prevent these types of incidents before they happen,” said spokesman John Guilfoil.

The Sunday shootings came on the heels of four others on Saturday, including one fatal shooting in Mattapan in which witnesses described seeing gunfire exchanged between two cars in the early afternoon.

Around 1 p.m., officers found a man in his 30s with gunshot wounds around Wellington Hill Street, a heavily residential area. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The other weekend shooting victims “are expected to survive,” said Officer Neva Coakley, a Boston police spokeswoman. All those shot were unidentified.

That night, shortly before midnight, a man was found shot near 1352 Dorchester Ave. in Dorchester, police said, and was taken to Boston Medical Center.

About an hour earlier, officers found two men injured near 321 Wood Ave. in Hyde Park. One sustained life-threatening injuries after he was shot; a second man had minor injuries from broken glass. Both were taken to Boston Medical Center, police said.

A resident outside a house on Wood Avenue Sunday afternoon said the news of the shooting was disconcerting.

“It’s scary stuff, nobody wants that kind of stuff happening near them,” said the man, who asked to not be identified because he fears for his safety.

In the first shooting of the weekend, at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, officers found a 20-year-old man shot behind 27 McGreevy Way in Roxbury. He was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Shea said.

A woman who said she has lived in the area since 1982 said, “It’s too close to home; we all have children around here.”

The woman, who asked not to be identified, said, “Maybe if more people speak up, something will be done about it.”

According to data released by the Boston Police Department, there were 104 shootings between Jan. 1 and last June 10, 17 of them fatal. During the same period last year, there were 81 shootings, 12 of them fatal.

By June 10, there had been 184 firearm-related arrests since Jan. 1, compared with 146 during the same time period last year, according to the police statistics.

In addition to the weekend’s gun violence, there were two separate but similar attacks on women in the Mission Hill area, in which a man wielding a knife grabbed a young woman from behind and attempted to sexually assault her.

Each victim managed to fight off her attacker, but not before suffering a stab wound.

The first assault occurred around 2 a.m. Saturday, when a man jumped out of bushes near Vancouver Street and Huntington Avenue, grabbed a woman, and attempted to assault her, police said.

Soon after, at 2:51 a.m., police received a 911 call reporting an attempted sexual assault at Huntington and Parker Hill avenues.

Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @ColinAYoung.
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