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Violence leaves one dead, three injured in Boston

Boston police were at the scene on Akron Place in Roxbury, where a man shot.

Bill Brett/Globe staff

Boston police were at the scene on Akron Place in Roxbury, where a man was shot.

A brazen daytime shooting inside a Roxbury home on Sunday capped a violent weekend in Boston that left one man dead and three others injured, authorities said.

Sunday’s shooting occurred shortly before 12:15 p.m. inside a two-story brick home at Akron Place, near Twelfth Baptist Church.

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The victim, a man in his 20s, suffered life-threatening injuries and was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition, Boston police said.

Police Superintendent Bernie O’Rourke said at the scene that the man was shot inside the home, though it was not clear whether the shooter fired from inside or outside the residence.

Police Commissioner William Evans said the man was discovered on the second floor and was conscious and talking when he was taken from the residence. He said police do not believe the shooting was gang-related. “It’s a quiet street,” Evans said. “A lot of elderly in the area.”

Authorities said the victim was the only person in the home when police arrived, and it was not clear if he lived there.

Neighbors said they did not hear shots on Sunday but saw police vehicles speeding up the hill to the house.

Kathy Traylor, a resident of the area for more than four decades, was among the neighbors who saw the man being carried out on a stretcher and placed in a waiting ambulance.

“This [violence] is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Traylor said. “This community needs to come together and just stop this nonsense.”

The attack followed a double shooting on Saturday around 11 p.m. near 25 Bailey St. in Dorchester.

Both victims were men in their 20s, police said. One man was taken to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, and the other man took himself to the same hospital. Their conditions were not known on Sunday.

Evans said those shootings appeared to stem from a party and appear unrelated to Sunday’s shooting at Akron Place.

And neither of those shootings appeared to be related to the slaying on Friday night of a man, identified by relatives as Michael DePina, 29, on Taft Street in Dorchester, police said. All three incidents remain under investigation.

On Sunday, Traylor, the longtime resident of the neighborhood that includes Akron Place, said she was frustrated by the violence. “Crazy, crazy, crazy,” she said. “When you live in a place for over 40 years, you expect things to be better.”

Police did arrest two Boston men on gun charges early Sunday in a separate incident. Officers stopped a car on Dale Street in Roxbury at about 1:25 a.m. and found a loaded gun that had been reported stolen in Vermont and 35 grams of cocaine.

The arrests, which police said were part of “an ongoing effort to target illegal guns,” were not related to any of the weekend shootings.

Globe correspondent Nicholas Jacques contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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