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Police say Dorchester shootings may have been gang-related

Two Friday night shootings in Dorchester appear to be connected and may have been gang-related, according to Boston police.

Police are trying to identify suspects in the shootings, on Columbia Road and Marden Avenue, and no arrests had been made as of Saturday evening, said Officer James Kenneally, a Boston police spokesman.

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On Saturday afternoon, police searched a basement apartment at 107 Columbia Road where one of the victims, a man in his mid-20s, was shot several times around 9 p.m. Friday.

The man was taken to Boston Medical Center in critical condition.

About a dozen police officials, most of them not in uniform, searched the apartment Saturday afternoon, leaving with items in four brown paper evidence bags. Police would not comment on what was found.

A woman who lives around the corner from the building, who did not want to give her name, said she often saw large groups of people in front of the apartment building smoking cigarettes, drinking, or congregating on the front steps.

She frequently saw two young children with them.

“I knew something was going to happen there,” she said.

Shortly after the shooting on Columbia Road, a man in his 30s was shot near 13 Marden Ave., about 2 miles away. He was taken to Boston Medical Center with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

In an unrelated assault, a man was stabbed near 85 White St. in East Boston, across the street from East Boston High School, around 11 p.m. Friday, Kenneally said.

He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment. Police had not arrested anyone in that case as of Saturday evening.

Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at gal.lotan@globe.
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