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Five men shot in Dorchester, one dead, police say

A man placed a beer bottle at a makeshift memorial outside the Franklin Field Housing Development where five men were shot, one of them fatally, in Dorchester the neighborhood of Boston.
A man placed a beer bottle at a makeshift memorial outside the Franklin Field Housing Development where five men were shot, one of them fatally, in Dorchester the neighborhood of Boston.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Five men were shot, one of them fatally, at the Franklin Field Housing Development in Dorchester just before midnight on Wednesday, law enforcement officials said.

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said police received a radio call at 11:55 p.m. for “several people shot” outside of 5 Ames St.

Officers arrived to find a “large outdoor crime scene,” and five victims were taken to local hospitals, he said.

“It’s unfortunate, and God Bless, one of the adult males was pronounced dead at the hospital,” Gross told reporters at the scene around 2 a.m. Thursday.

The injuries to the other four victims are are not believed to be life threatening, a department spokesman said.

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The shootings took place at around the same time as one person was shot and another stabbed on Massachusetts Avenue, Gross said.

Those people took themselves to a hospital, and it is not clear if the incident is connected to the Franklin Field shootings, he said.

“What we have here . . . is two incidents,” Gross said. “We don’t know if they’re connected at this time. It’s an active investigation.”

A major crime scene was established outside the sprawling brick apartment complex operated by the Boston Housing Authority.

As investigators combed the scene, Gross pleaded for the public to provide information about the shootings.

“We’re trying to get any evidence we can, from any cameras and witnesses,” Gross said. " We ask for your help at this time."

“If you have anything, anything at all, please call us,” Gross said.

People should call the department’s confidential tip line at 800-494-TIPS or the homicide detective unit at 617-343-4470.

Gross, who last month joined community leaders to condemn a recent increase in crime during the coronavirus pandemic, said police will work hard to stop violent crime.

“It’s unfortunate that another person lost their life,” Gross said. “We’re going to work with the district attorney, our community to stop these acts of senseless violence. Again, please help us out.”

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Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins also decried the violence that disturbed an unusually warm spring night.

“We had a very violent night, not only in Boston, but in Suffolk County,” Rollins told reporters.

Earlier, a 17-year-old boy from East Boston was stabbed and critically injured during a fight on Revere Beach. State Police are investigating the stabbing, she said.

“These things have rippling effects throughout communities,” she said.

Rollins vowed an aggressive response to find the perpetrators of violent crime.

“We are going to be working round the clock . . . with the Boston Police Department, our State Police partners and our federal partners, to make sure we are proactively looking for individuals, the small percentage of people causing harm in our communities."

“And as I’ve said way too many times, we will be holding them accountable,” Rollins said.


Kathy McCabe can be reached at Katherine.McCabe@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKMcCabe. Amanda Kaufman can be reached at amanda.kaufman@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandakauf1.