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Two critically wounded in shootings in Jamaica Plain, Dorchester

Two men suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot on quiet streets in Dorchester and Jamaica Plain overnight Saturday, police said.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he spoke to police Superintendent in Chief William G. Gross on Sunday, and authorities are staying vigilant. Walsh said shootings are down overall this year in the city, and the two incidents did not appear to be related.

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As of July 6, according to police, there had been 88 shootings in Boston this year compared to 139 last year.

“We still have young people in some cases involved in violence whether they’re victims or the people pulling the trigger,” the mayor said. “We have work to do.”

At 10:35 p.m. Saturday, officers received a call that a man, age unknown, had been shot multiple times behind an apartment building at 178 School St., said Officer Neva Coakley, a police spokeswoman.

The victim, whom police did not identify, was taken to Boston Medical Center.

Less than two hours later, at 12:28 a.m., officers went to 19 Burrell St., where they found a man in his late teens suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Coakley said. Homicide detectives were dispatched to the area, she said, and emergency responders took him to Boston Medical Center.

By late Sunday morning, as a bright sun hung over silent streets, investigators were searching the scenes for clues and witnesses.

Neighbors sat on porches and talked in yards, saying they had not heard much the previous night.

In Jamaica Plain, just around the corner from Egleston Square and the Stony Brook MBTA station, the crime scene tape was gone, but the nerves remained.

Residents wary of getting caught up in the police investigation or neighborhood violence declined to provide their names, but said they hope to have a community meeting soon. The area, they said, is generally safe but has seen an unusual spate of violence in the last month.

Two people were shot, one fatally, at the corner of School and Arcadia streets on June 22. Coakley said Sunday that police have not arrested anyone in that shooting. Last Monday, a 23-year-old man survived a shooting at the Stony Brook T Station.

The shooting late Saturday night happened in a long driveway rimmed by a chain link fence that leads behind the School Street apartment building to a white house that sits back from the street. No one answered the door there Sunday.

Small red blotches darkened the fading pavement, just a few dozen yards from hydrangea bushes and a low brick wall that separate the property from the playground at Ellis Mendell Elementary School.

Little more than two miles away, in a residential section of Dorchester, a police officer sat on a metal chair in the doorway to 19 Burrell St. Yellow tape blocked off the stairs behind her, and a police cruiser was parked out front.

A neighbor said his girlfriend was home when the shooting allegedly occurred, but she did not hear anything. When he returned home about 12:45 a.m., the man said, emergency responders were blocking off the street.

“It’s quiet, we’ve never had no problems here,” he said.

The man said he has a newborn child, and though “the neighborhood’s always been rough,” the shooting in the sand-gray home next door shook him.

“Shouldn’t happen like that,” he said.

Zachary T. Sampson can be reached at zachary.sampson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @ZackSampson.

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