A man caught running from the scene of a quadruple shooting in Roxbury over the weekend was the gunman, according to Boston police, who on Sunday charged the 30-year-old in connection with the violent eruption at a house party, which left four men wounded, one seriously.
Anthony Sheffield, of Roxbury, was initially arrested early Saturday morning and charged with illegal possession of a gun, after Youth Violence Strike Force officers heading toward the Copeland Street area where the shots were fired spotted him fleeing with a gun in his hand, Police Commissioner William B. Evans said Sunday morning.
Investigators and the ballistics unit spent 24 hours linking the gun to the crime, Evans said, and on Sunday police charged Sheffield as a career criminal with three counts of armed assault with intent to murder. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Roxbury District Court.
Details of his previous criminal record were not available Sunday.
Evans said at the scene Saturday that the shooting began at about 12:09 a.m., when an argument turned violent. When police arrived, he said, they encountered a belligerent crowd and saw two people running from the house.
On Sunday, a police spokesman, Sergeant John Boyle, declined to comment on whether police were seeking another suspect, citing the ongoing investigation. Investigators were still looking for witnesses, he said.
Three of the four victims, one of whom was shot in the hand, were expected to recover, Boyle said. The fourth man suffered life-threatening injuries, he said.
All four, who were believed to range in age from the mid-20s to mid-30s, were taken to hospitals, police said.
A person who came to the door at a home listed in public records to Sheffield declined to comment Sunday afternoon.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh praised the arrest of Sheffield as great police work and said he was optimistic that police and city officials had a plan that would tamp down violence this summer, a season when shootings typically increase.
“We doubled down our efforts; we started our converstion around summer strategy around March or April,” Walsh said Sunday. “We’re going to continue that work to make sure we have a safe summer.”
Walsh and Evans have urged witnesses to cooperate with investigators. They can report information to homicide detectives by calling 617-343-4470 or anonymously by calling the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-494-TIPS.
The Roxbury shooting was part of a violent night during which gunfire also left men wounded in two other shootings.
In Mattapan, a man in a vehicle near a Burger King at 875 Cummins Highway was seriously wounded at 11:56 p.m. Friday, police said. Initially, Boyle said, police feared the man might not survive, but by Saturday his condition had improved and his injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Less than an hour later, at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, a bullet grazed a 25-year-old man on Elder Street in Dorchester, according to police.Jerome Campbell can be reached at email@example.com or @jeromercampbell, Evan Allen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @evanmallen.