5 shot in Roxbury, Mattapan

Danny McDonald/for The Boston Globe
Boston police on the scene of the Copeland Street shootings shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Boston was rocked by a burst of violence around midnight Friday, as five men were shot in two separate incidents, Police Commissioner William Evans said.

On Copeland Street in Roxbury, a party turned violent shortly after midnight, leaving four men with gunshot wounds, said Evans at the scene around 2 a.m.

“It looks like a lot of shots fired here,” he said.


The victims in the Copeland Street shooting are believed to range in ages from mid-20s to mid-30s, he said.

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One of those victims was shot in the hand, while the other three suffered more serious wounds, he said. The victims were taken to local hospitals.

“One’s very, very serious, we’re hoping he makes it,” he said.

Another shooting near a Burger King at 875 Cummins Highway in Mattapan sent a man to the hospital. The man was shot in his upper body while he was in a vehicle around midnight, police said.

The victim was in critical condition early Saturday, but Evans said the last he heard, the man is expected to survive.


“Unfortunately these things come in bursts and it was a warm night,” he said. “Busy night.”

On Copeland Street, at least two suspects were seen fleeing the scene on foot away from Warren Street, he said.

Evans said police thought there was an argument at a party on Copeland Street that preceded the shooting.

“People knew each other then shots rang out,” he said.

Responding officers were met by a belligerent crowd at the scene, he said.


“We didn’t get a whole lot of cooperation,” he said.

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