One person is dead and five others were wounded in three shootings reported within an hour in Boston suburbs Sunday night, prompting authorities to investigate whether the incidents are connected, police said.
Boston police responded to the first shooting in the Mattapan neighborhood at 9:10 p.m. after receiving a radio call for two people who had been shot, according to a statement from the police department.
Officers found two gunshot victims at the scene, who were taken to hospital, where one male was pronounced dead. The second victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police added.
Then, about 30 minutes later, police responded to another shooting at 9:40 p.m. in the nearby Dorchester neighborhood. An adult man was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries.
At 9:45 p.m., another adult man was shot in Hyde Park and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A short time later, two other gunshots from the same shooting took him to the hospital, police said.
Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox lamented Sunday’s shootings, saying, “Overall, this is a terrible evening.”
“To have six people in different places across the city within an hour is a terrible thing, no matter the time period, whether it’s the worst crime period or the best in our history.” Cox said at a press conference Sunday night. “The only thing more worrying is that our phones are not ringing with people telling us what happened or what they saw or heard.”
No arrests had been made in the shooting Sunday.