Boston police are investigating a spate of violent incidents Saturday that left several people injured.
Shortly after midnight, police found a severely injured man with a gunshot wound at 34 Norfolk St., near Codman Square in Dorchester. He was transported to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. No arrests were made, and police did not give an update on the man’s condition or further details on the shooting Saturday evening.
Then, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, two people were stabbed near Blue Hill Avenue and Stratton Street. Officers responding to a 911 call found one victim still at the scene with injuries that were not considered life threatening; that person was transported to Boston Medical Center. A second person later turned up at Boston Medical Center with stab wounds, which investigators believe were sustained in the same incident, according to police spokeswoman Neva Coakley.
Eight minutes after the two stabbings, police responded to reports of gunfire at Blue Hill Avenue and Callender Street. No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred just steps from the scene of the stabbings. Police initially said two suspects who had fled the scene were arrested, but later said only one suspect, a 23-year-male, had been arrested on a gun-possession charge. Police also recovered one firearm, Coakley said.
The attacks came while the annual Boston Carnival, a Caribbean festival, was under way. In the past, the carnival has coincided with flare-ups of violence: In 1993, seven people were shot and two run over by a car; in 2007, four were stabbed.
In recent years, police have used preemptive sweeps to round up suspected troublemakers and those with outstanding arrest warrants in advance of the festival, but police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiundaca said there were no such sweeps this year. As of late Saturday, police arrested six people and issued 48 civil citations related to the festival, Fiundaca said.
Shortly after noon Saturday, revelers saw a shooting on Winthrop Street, Coakley said, but no suspect was identified.
Next, police responded to a stabbing at Norfolk and Withington streets around 2:40 p.m. One male victim was found injured at the scene, which is also near Codman Square. The man’s condition was not known early Saturday evening, and no arrests had been made.
Another shooting took place Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Bodwoin Street and Geneva Avenue, where police recovered ballistic evidence but found no victims and arrested no suspects.
Coakley said that despite the close proximity of some of the incidents, police believed they were unrelated to each other or to the festival.
Meanwhile, police continued to search for 40-year-old Damond Brown, who is suspected of kidnapping his girlfriend’s baby in the Back Bay Friday night. The baby, 7-month-old Jayden Warren, was later found unharmed in an abandoned car on Mission Hill.
Brown is also wanted on outstanding warrants for assault and battery and drug distribution, police said. Police described Brown as a black male, about 6 feet 1 inch tall, and 225 pounds; he was last seen wearing a gray shirt, gray shorts, and green-and-white sneakers.
Police are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 911.Dan Adams can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielAdams86.