BOSTON (CBS) – Police are probing several incidents of gun violence that left one dead in a span of 24 hours and continued into Saturday evening.
The weekend death has added to an increasing toll of gun violence deaths: 48 have been shot and killed in the city so far this year; that’s up seven homicides compared to the same time last year.
“It seemed like a day that was a little bit out of control,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Saturday of the violence that began Friday afternoon in Egleston Square.
There, around 3 p.m. on Friday, a person shot at a minivan and then hit a police officer with his car as he fled the scene. Boston police are searching for the suspect.
Several hours later, over in Roslindale, one person was shot and another person died from an apparent suicide several blocks away in what police call related incidents.
One person was shot on Washington Street in Roslindale just after midnight Saturday. That person is expected to survive.
While police responded to the shooting, which injured a man in his 30s, they heard gunshots in the area.
“While our officers were at that scene, they heard gunshots off into the distance. They went searching for the whereabouts of the shot,” .”
Responding officers on Metropolitan Avenue found a suspect who appeared to have taken his own life.
Boston Police said the incident appears to be domestic in nature. The two people involved were known to each other.
“It’s troubling,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.
Over in Mattapan, about 8:15 p.m. Saturday, police responded after a man was shot in the back in the area of Astoria and Elizabeth streets. Authorities described the man’s injuries as not life-threatening.
Despite this gun violence, Evans suggests that the city is still very safe.
“Unfortunately, sometimes we have this little burst of activity in the city, but you know, it’s still one of the safest cities in America,” Evans said.