Boston leaders on Monday decried a spate of violence that left two men dead and another person injured in separate shootings Sunday night in Roxbury and Dorchester, while three other people were injured in a Dorchester stabbing.
In Roxbury, one man was shot just before 8 p.m., and another around 11 p.m., police said. Both were taken to local hospitals, where they were later pronounced dead.
Around 11:30 p.m. in Dorchester, another person was injured in a shooting, and just a few minutes later, three people were stabbed, police said.
“All of these investigations are in the preliminary stages and it is unclear if any are related,” Sergeant Detective John Boyle, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department, said Monday morning. “No arrests at this time.”
Mayor Michelle Wu, speaking to reporters Monday, said police Commissioner Michael Cox and the Police Department “are pursuing every lead in the investigations.”
“They’re working hard, and were on scene immediately in each of these situations,” Wu said.
Wu said it is not acceptable for there to be violence in any part of the city.
“We are going to do everything possible to have justice and accountability in these situations,” Wu said. “And we’ll continue working to make sure that every community is safe.”
On Thursday, Jazreanna Sheppard, 21, of South Boston, was fatally stabbed near Boston Common.
Advocates on Monday criticized Wu for the city’s response to recent violence. The Rev. Miniard Culpepper, the senior pastor at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Dorchester, said the city needs to work with community members and create an office focused on addressing youth violence.
“There has to be an all-hands-on-deck approach,” Culpepper said. “That means the city, the BPD, the community, the faith leaders, the nonprofits that are working with young folks, need to all be at the same table to develop an all-encompassing strategy to deal with youth violence.”
Right now, Culpepper said, “There’s too many guns on the street.”
The Rev. Kevin Peterson, the founder of The New Democracy Coalition, called for sweeping changes to how the city and police respond to violence in Boston, including the dismissal of Cox.
“The mayor needs to fire the police commissioner and develop a clear plan about how to aggressively address the violence and murder in Black Boston,” Peterson said. “That requires directing a massive amount of funding into community policing.”
There is currently a “disproportionate amount of violence” facing the Black community, he said.
“Black people need to be helpful” in addressing it, Peterson said. “But our city government deserves blame also. Our mayor has not been careful about this issue.”
The Rev. Eugene Rivers, the founder and director of the Ella J. Baker House, a center that serves at-risk youth, said Wu and other elected leaders must reach out to Black parents to hear their concerns about violence, including what’staking place in the city’s public schools.
In the 1990s, the city developed an effective strategy to address violence that included clergy, police, and state and federal agencies, and leaders today should look closely at implementing similar measures, he said.
“Mayor Wu needs to meet and listen to the veterans of the major campaign that substantially reduced crime,” Rivers said.
Shortly before 8 p.m. on Sunday, officers found a man who had been shot near the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and Washington Street in Roxbury. About three hours later, another man was shot in the neighborhood, at the intersection of Weldon and Quincy streets.
Both men were rushed to local hospitals but were later pronounced dead, police said. Authorities have not released the names of the men.
Another man was shot inside a Dorchester home around 11:30 p.m. That man is expected to survive, Boyle said.
Just four minutes later, officers arrived about a half-mile away on Charles Street, where two people had been stabbed. Both were taken to a local hospital with injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said. A third person stabbed in the altercation took themselves to a hospital for treatment.
At the intersection of Weldon and Quincy streets, a small crowd of people had placed candles and flowers as part of a memorial for the man who was killed. A woman who said she knew him said the shooting had taken the community by surprise. The man was sweet and kind, adored by everyone, she said.
”He was the purest soul there ever was,” she said. “He put everyone else before himself.”
Correspondent Nick Stoico contributed to this report.
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