DORCHESTER (CBS) – Six people were shot and one of them was killed in two violent incidents in Boston overnight.
Police were called to Ames Way in Dorchester just before midnight and found five men with gunshot wounds. All of them were rushed to hospitals and one of them died. The other four have non-life-threatening injuries.
Around the same time, another person was shot and a person was stabbed on Massachusetts Avenue. Both took themselves to the hospital and have non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
“After making it through Memorial Day without a homicide for a second year in a row, we sadly had a very violent night, not only in Boston but in Suffolk County,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said they don’t know yet if the two incidents are connected. No names have been released.
“It’s unfortunate that another person’s lost their life at this time, with all the work with our district attorney and our community to stop these acts of senseless violence. Again, please help us out,” Gross told reporters early Thursday morning.
Gross criticized judges for releasing prisoners to stop the spread of COVID-19 at a Thursday afternoon news conference.
“Not one judge has ever provided a certificate that said that any COVID-19 releases are fully rehabilitated,” he said. “And as well to those releasees, it’s unfair. You’re taking someone from a controlled environment where they have three meals, a bed and physical, mental health care. And many of them are going back to neighborhoods that tests the highest for COVID-19 positives. They are coming back without a reentry program. No meals, no housing, no money, no mental or physical health care. You tell me where does that make sense in anybody’s books?”
Gross said the release of prisoners isn’t fair to the Boston community, as the prisoners are not fully rehabilitated.
“The mentality on the street is ‘We can do whatever we want because there’s no repercussions. The courts are closed, we can do what we want,'” he said.
Anyone with information about either incident is urged to call Boston police.