BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Police say two people are dead after three shootings just miles apart. It was mid-afternoon when shots rang out not once but twice, sending Boston Police scrambling to the locations in search of victims and the gunmen. Another shooting Thursday night left two victims with non life-threatening injuries.
The first shooting happened on Whittier Street in Roxbury at 1:46 pm., a scene across the street from Boston Police headquarters. The victim, a man in his 20’s, died from his injuries, the first homicide of 2018.
“We really need to pull together to stop the senseless violence,” said Chief William Gross.
Twenty-five minutes later two men, also in their twenties were shot inside the Burger King parking lot at Columbia and Washington in Dorchester. One man was taken to the hospital with critical injuries was later pronounced dead. A second victim made his way into a nearby furniture store for help.
“We’re supposed to feel safe in our community. We can’t with stuff like this happening,” said student Shakira Mitchell.
She was one of many students placed into safe mode as the shootings happened around dismissal time near four Boston public schools, making many students nervous.
“The weapons, not knowing if someone was coming into our school, all of that happening,” said student Daniel Perez.
At about 7:15 p.m. Thursday night, two people were shot on Warren Street in Roxbury. Police say they suffered non life-threatening injuries.
Police do not believe they were random shootings, and canine units were searching for evidence and possible weapons that were dropped by the gunmen. It became another rallying cry to get guns off the streets.
“We need everyone’s help removing guns or deterring behavior that acts in violence against another,” said Chief Gross.
Police are unsure if the gunmen ran on foot or got away in vehicles and will be looking for surveillance video to help them with identification.