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A grandmother from Barbados was fatally shot and two men were injured in a triple shooting in Mattapan on Saturday afternoon, shattering the peace of a neighborhood on a warm spring day.

Police Commissioner William Gross said the woman was elderly and a bystander whose life was lost in a senseless outburst of gun violence.

“This was an innocent woman who was struck by gunfire,” Police Commissioner William B. Gross said, speaking to reporters at the scene on Mattapan Street. “This should not be tolerated.”

In an interview, Gross called the elderly woman a “staple of the community, a beautiful soul.”

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He deferred further comment to the victim’s family, who could not be reached Saturday night.

The two men shot were recovering from non-life-threatening injuries suffered in the shootings, which took place around 5 p.m. in the area of 10 Mattapan St., police said.

The men’s identities were not released, and their conditions were unknown Saturday night.

Police responded to the scene in Mattapan.
Police responded to the scene in Mattapan. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins, who also responded to the scene, expressed remorse for the woman’s family.

Speaking to reporters, Walsh called the shooting a “very sad situation in a great neighborhood . . . This is a great family that unfortunately experienced a very sad loss today.”

“This is a beautiful community. This is a strong family,” Rollins said. “Nobody deserves this — these people certainly don’t.”

The woman’s death is the city’s seventh homicide this year, according to police. There were 12 at the same time last year, said Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman.

There were no arrests Saturday night, Kenneally said.

Neighbors were deeply shaken by the daytime shooting.

Many cried and embraced as they stood in front yards and the sidewalk as they watched the investigation unfolding in front of them.

One distraught woman was crying so hard, she was placed on a stretcher by an emergency services worker, assisted by Rollins.

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She later returned with a walker and sat in the yard of a house. Nearby, a group of people gathered, weeping and embracing each other.

“It’s really bad,” Walsh said of the deep pain felt by residents.

“It’s really bad,” Mayor Martin Walsh said of the deep pain felt by residents.
“It’s really bad,” Mayor Martin Walsh said of the deep pain felt by residents.Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Crime scene tape was stretched across a portion of Mattapan Street, which runs off Blue Hill Avenue.

Bright green evidence markers were positioned on the street.

Boston police detectives, SWAT team members, and K-9 units were on the scene late into the night investigating.

“We have officers going house to house, clearing every yard, in hopes of finding evidence,” Gross said.

Boston police received multiple 911 calls from local residents reporting the gunfire soon after the shots rang out. Gross thanked people who called 911 and allowed police to get to the scene in a “timely manner.”

Police Commissioner William Gross urged anyone with information related to the shooting to contact Boston police.
Police Commissioner William Gross urged anyone with information related to the shooting to contact Boston police.Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

Officers who responded to a radio call arrived to find the victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

It is not known where the woman was found, but the men were in the street, police said.

Gross urged anyone with information related to the shooting to contact Boston police.

“Our neighborhoods are better than this,” he said. “This is a time that we bond together and show people that this should not be tolerated.”

“I’m upset, the mayor is upset, the district attorney is upset,” Gross said. “Let’s give this family some justice.”

This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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Map: Reported location of shooting


Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon @globe.com.