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    Boston police seize 6 guns in less than 24 hours

    Boston police seized this gun in South Boston. It was one of six seized by police in 24 hours.
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    Boston police seized this gun in South Boston. It was one of six seized by police in 24 hours.

    Boston police say they recovered six unlicensed guns in a span of less than 24 hours in four separate incidents.

    In one case, two guns were seized after police investigated reports of shots fired not far from Boston police headquarters.

    The rash of gun seizures, which was accompanied by a number of arrests, came just two days after police confiscated four guns in a six-hour stretch.

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    At 8 a.m. Monday, officers arrested a suspect after seizing two guns from the area of Boylston and Washington streets, police said in a statement. Police say they were called to the area by St. Francis House regarding Douglas Russell, 51, of Malden.

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    Russell allegedly attempted to enter the shelter with two unloaded, unlicensed .22-caliber Butler Association handguns in a backpack. He was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

    Later, around 7:20 p.m., officers arrested two suspects and recovered a firearm at 64 Murdock St. in Brighton during a traffic stop, police said. Police found a loaded .25-caliber Jennings model 25 handgun, a medium-sized bag of marijuana, and more than $2,000 in cash in the car.

    Driver Jeky Ball, 20, of West Roxbury and passenger Kenny Romero, 23, of Randolph were each charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

    That same night, police said officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested two teenagers after reports of shots fired in the area of Prentiss Street and Albert Street in Roxbury. The location is near police headquarters.

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    Officers stopped and searched the two suspects around 7:29 p.m. and recovered a loaded 9mm Springfield Armory Model XD Tactical firearm and .380-caliber Cobra model CA380 handgun.

    Michael Robinson-Van Rader, 18, of Dorchester and a 16-year-old boy from Boston were each charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. The 16-year-old was also charged with unlawful possession of ammunition.

    In the early morning hours of Tuesday, officers in South Boston arrested a man who allegedly threatened another man with a gun. A state trooper was already performing a pat and frisk of suspect Joseph Lee, 35, of South Boston when Boston police arrived just after 4 a.m.

    Boston police say they found a discarded 9mm Ruger P95 firearm near where the victim claimed he had been threatened by Lee. Lee was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and possession of a large capacity feeding device.

    Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at laney.ruckstuhl@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl.