Boston mayor Tom Menino says he wants those responsible for the shooting that left four people dead, including a toddler, to “never see the light of day.”
Menino talked about the deadly violence along with Police Commissioner Ed Davis and District Attorney Dan Conley during a late morning news conference:
Commissioner Davis says officers were called to 40 Woolson Street at 1:12 a.m. after a shot spotter notification as well as calls from neighbors.
Two men and a woman found in the street were pronounced dead at the scene.
Davis says one of the victims was naked.
A 3-year old boy was taken to the hospital where he later died. A man in his 30s was taken to a hospital and is not expected to survive, she said.
Police are looking for a silver or gray Ford Explorer that may be connected to the shooting. The vehicle was seen leaving shortly after the shooting, Driscoll said.
Police recovered a “significant amount of evidence” at the scene, Police Commissioner Edward Davis said., without getting specific.
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Rev. Eugene Rivers, co-founder of the Ten Point Coalition, calls for new discussions at finding ways to stop violent crime in Boston:
Boston City Council President Michael Ross talks to WBZ NewsRadio about the latest violence:
The shooting took place on Woolson Street, lined with close-packed, three-story homes. Family and friends of the victims hugged and cried behind yellow police tape Tuesday as neighbors looked on, shaking their heads.
“Why?” one woman wailed, as others attempted to console her. A minister was also at the scene.
Myrthil, who did not know the victims, said there have been frequent shootings in the neighborhood and he is tired of it after living there for seven years.
“After what I saw, I plan on moving and going somewhere else. This is devastating.”
The shooting was the latest in a spike of violence in the city that has frustrated police, politicians and community leaders. There had been 50 homicides in the city as of Sept. 27, according to police department data, up from 40 in the same period last year. In Mattapan, there had been 14 homicides in 2010 prior to Tuesday’s incident, compared to six at the same time in 2009.
Mayor Thomas Menino was so affected by the slaying of a pizza delivery driver in early September that he told a group of college students that he would torture the three suspects, one of whom is a teenage girl. Menino, who had met the victim’s daughters when they had previously worked in the mayor’s office, later said he regretted the remarks.
Tuesday’s shooting was the single deadliest in Boston since December 2005, when four young men – including three members of a rap group – were fatally shot in a makeshift basement recording studio in the Dorchester neighborhood. Two men are serving prison sentences in connection with that shooting.