Two men fatally shot in Mattapan, police say

Violet Street in Mattapan was cordoned off with crime scene late Saturday night.
Violet Street in Mattapan was cordoned off with crime scene late Saturday night.(Alejandro Serrano for The Boston Globe)

Two men were fatally shot in Mattapan late Saturday night, according to police.

Officers responded at 11:10 p.m. to reports of a person shot in the area of 12 Violet St. and found the two men, who were in their late 40s, suffering from gunshot wounds, Boston police superintendent in chief Gregory Long told reporters at the scene shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday.

The two men, who were not immediately identified, were taken to area hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, Long said.

“This currently an active and ongoing investigation,” he said.

Long urged anyone who may have information regarding the shooting to contact Boston police’s homicide unit.


Officers were still at the scene early Sunday morning.

No arrests had been made, Long said.

Their deaths are believed to bring Boston’s homicide total this year to 10. They came just one week after another Mattapan resident, Eleanor Maloney, 74, became the city’s eighth homicide victim.

Maloney was an innocent bystander, shot and killed in a triple shooting near her home on Mattapan Street.

Saturday night’s shootings occurred on Violet Street, a heavily residential area.

Crime scene tape was draped across the intersection with Crossman Street. Police investigators were on the scene for hours, walking up and down the street looking for evidence.

A number of tiny yellow evidence markers were placed the drive way of a house near the intersection of Crossman and Violet streets.

A black SUV left the scene shortly after midnight, as police continued to walk around the neighborhood with flashlights.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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