BOSTON — Boston Police are battling a rash of murders that has some communities wondering what is going on on the streets.
Boston Police have been dealing with an unusual number of deadly shootings this month; eight since October 2 in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.
"A lot of these homicides this week we have had are not straightforward. There are some complications to them," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
Police have made arrests in some of the incidents, but investigators are now trying to learn more background on each one to see if there are any connections.
"When you have a targeted homicide, it is very difficult to stop those. It is very difficult to try to get ahead of those," said Walsh.
Boston Police say overall, the number of non-fatal shootings are down considerably, more than 25 percent.
In 2017, there were 168 non-fatal shootings by this time. This year, 125. But homicides have climbed from 43 to 47 after Monday night's Dorchester shooting.
There have been eight fatal shootings in the past 10 days:
Oct. 5: A man in his 20s was shot and killed on Mass. Ave in Roxbury around 3:30 a.m.
Oct. 5: Gabriel Rodriguez, 22, was killed in double shooting in Dorchester on Alexander and Bird streets just before 7 p.m.
Oct. 6: Jose Luis Phinn-Williams, a gas station attendant at Fabian Gas Station on Washington Street in Dorchester was shot to death during an apparent robbery.
Oct. 7: Terrell White killed in an apparent drive-by shooting on Itasca Street in Mattapan.
Oct. 7: A man in his 40s was shot and killed on Mildred Avenue in Mattapan.
Oct. 11: Marlon Richardson, 19, was shot and killed on Vinson Street in Dorchester around 2 a.m.
Oct. 12: A man in his 30s died of a gunshot wound after being shot at Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.
Oct. 15: A 24-year-old woman was shot and killed while sitting in a car at Ditson and Charles streets in Dorchester just after 9:30 p.m.
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