Two men were shot Wednesday afternoon in the Bromley-Heath housing development in Jamaica Plain, police said, and a third person was shot hours later in the South End. All three victims are expected to survive.
Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans told reporters outside Bromley-Heath that shots rang out at 277 Centre St. shortly before 4 p.m. The victims, one in his 30s and one in his 40s, were found inside the building with leg and shoulder gunshot wounds, Evans said. They were taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital.
More than six rounds were fired, Evans said, and the damage could have been far worse in the bustling area. The block includes stores, restaurants, and the Jackson Square MBTA stop. "It's troubling," Evans said. "Three-fifty in the afternoon, very busy area here, and we're just fortunate there was no young child walking by who was hit."
He said police do not believe the shootings were was gang-related, and that officers were trying to locate witnesses. No arrests were reported.
"Given the fact that [the victims] are older, I think there's probably going to be more to this," Evans said. "It's probably not gangs, but you never know. . . . The good news is, they're both going to make it."
He said there was no suspect description to be released on Wednesday, and he had no information on the relationship, if any, between the victims.
One resident, Monica Titakum, 60, said she was going home from work when she saw two victims being carried out on stretchers. She said one man was bleeding from his side and talking to police. She could not tell whether the other man was able to speak.
Titakum said her children, ages 14 and 21, were home during the shootings and told her by phone not to enter the apartment complex. "Mommy, don't come here," she recalled her frightened children saying. "They told me, 'Don't go up.' "
Titakum added that police visit the development, which has long been plagued by drugs and gun violence, almost daily.
"You sleep in the bed and you don't know whether you will wake up," Titakum said.
A third person was shot in the leg at about 6:20 p.m. near Massachusetts Avenue and Tremont Street, police said. They did not have the age or gender but said the person was taken to Boston Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Police said it was premature to say if that shooting was related to those at Bromley-Heath.