Boston police said Saturday that the fatal shootings of three women in a parked car in Dorchester last summer may be related to an earlier crime, as they urged the public to come forward with information.
Sergeant Detective Richard Daley said that the killings last Aug. 12 and the wounding of a fourth woman in the car were not random and “it’s possible” they were connected to a prior incident.
“We’re exploring several avenues, and that is one,” he said.
Police have previously said that one of the women was targeted, but declined to say which one. The four women — all friends — were shot around 9:22 p.m. after leaving the Dominican Festival in Franklin Park.
Daley, who is leading the investigation, appealed at a press conference at police headquarters Saturday for anyone who attended that festival to come forward.
“Anything they saw may be innocent and innocuous to them, but it could be helpful to our investigation,” Daley said.
Friends Sharrice Perkins, Genevieve Phillip, and Kristen Lartey, all 22, were shot inside a parked car on Harlem Street following the festival.
A fourth woman was wounded in the leg but survived. Daley said that woman, whom police have not identified out of concern for her safety, was “nervous, traumatic, and [dealing with] emotional issues.”
Daley said he could not comment on the survivor’s recovery from her injury.
On Friday, police released photos of crowds at the festival and of a white sport utility vehicle, believed to be either a newer model Chevrolet Captiva or Saturn Vue.
In the days following the killings, police released photos of a different white SUV photographed near the crime scene that night. Daley said police are seeking information on both vehicles.
“They were both in the area at the time ... so they’re both in play,” he said.
He said no one had yet come forward following the release of the photos to the media and their publication on the department’s website on Friday.