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4 men seriously hurt in Dorchester attacks

Four young men were seriously injured yesterday -- three of them shot and the fourth stabbed -- in two separate incidents on Dorchester streets.

Two of the victims were shot on Columbia Road early yesterday morning. The other two were injured in a brawl involving at least a dozen teen-agers just before midnight in the Four Corners section.

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All four were seriously injured, with one victim’s wounds considered life- threatening.

In the Four Corners brawl, one man was shot behind the ear, and another was stabbed in an ensuing brawl, a witness and police said.

Both men remained unidentified last night. The shooting victim was listed in stable condition at Boston City Hospital, said Boston Police Superintendent Robert Faherty. The man who was stabbed was also stable, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, police said.

A witness said he saw at least 12 young men fighting in the middle of Washington Street when he stumbled upon the scene at the intersection of Harvard, Bowdoin and Washington streets.

“There was this one guy with a knife who was stabbing this fat guy,” the witness said. “Everybody was fighting,” he said, adding that several motorists scrambled to avoid the young men scuffling on both sides of the two- way street.

The stabbing victim apparently retreated from the scene and was found on the porch of a building on nearby Clayborne Street. The cause of the fracas was unclear last night and police had identified no suspects in the attacks.

Early in the day, one young man was shot in the head, and another in the back, on Columbia Road near Glendale Street shortly before 2 a.m., said Boston Police spokesman Jerry Vanderwood.

Robert Daniels, 15, of Dorchester, was listed in serious condition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with a gunshot wound in his back, Vanderwood said.

Police withheld the identity of the other victim, a 20-year-old from Randolph, until they could notify his family. He was in critical condition at Boston City Hospital with a head wound.

Police had a description of a suspect in the shooting, but had yet to make an arrest, according to Vanderwood.

Five hours before the shooting, three 16-year-old males were arrested at the same location on Columbia Road after they had fired shots in the nearby vicinity of Barry Street and Richfield Street, Vanderwood said.

Officers heard the shots and saw the armed trio run to a stolen car and flee, he said. The officers chased the car and arrested the youths, all from Dorchester, after their car crashed into a parked car on Columbia Road, Vanderwood said.

No one was injured in the incident and there was no information on whether it was related to the later shooting, he said.

In an unrelated shooting, police charged a resident of the Bromley-Heath housing development in Jamaica Plain with possession of crack cocaine Friday night after he was shot in the legs outside his home.

Police found Robert Williams, 24, of Bickford Street, lying on the pavement, bleeding from gunshot wounds to both legs, according to Vanderwood. Officers saw a bag containing crack cocaine fall from Williams’ pocket and found another bag of the drug inside his pocket, he said.

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