BOSTON — Two people are dead and one is injured after a violent shooting and stabbing inside a housing complex in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said one man was shot and killed and one woman was shot multiple times during a violent altercation on the sixth floor of a building. The woman later died from her injuries.
Another man was stabbed during the altercation, and he suffered injuries that police do not believe are life-threatening.
Neighbors said they heard repeated gunfire just feet from their apartments. Police officers rushed in with guns drawn and up to the sixth floor.
The violence occurred across the street from the Martha Eliot Children's Health Center. Neighbors said several children were in the area when gunfire rang out.
A potential motive was unclear Monday night. Gross said both the shootings and the stabbing happened inside a building on Bickford Street. The gruesome scene spread into a common hallway.
"We believe all parties are known to each other. There may or may not be multiple shooters," Gross said during a press conference near the scene.
Monday's murder and violence rattled neighbors already concerned about the violence in their community. Less than a week ago, a teenager was shot near the Jackson Square MBTA stop in Jamaica Plain.
"So dangerous around here," said Jessica Chen, who lives in the neighborhood with her 4-year-old daughter.
She said people regularly loiter in the hallways, and she's among residents who wish something more could be done to protect residents.
"Sometimes they pee in the foyer and the elevator," Chen said. "I don't feel (safe) here."
Another neighbor, Alexandra, called for increased security.
“They need more surveillance and security but people aren’t going to speak up because they’re scared," she said.
Hours after the double murder, two people were shot in the city's Roxbury neighborhood.
Police responded to reports of shots fired at around 9:30 p.m. in the area of the Dudley Square train station. Police said the victims' injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Last week, hundreds of Boston Public Schools students walked out of school and rallied at City Hall to protest gun violence. Students then staged a "die in" outside the mayor's office, laying on the floor for 43 minutes, each minute representing a gun homicide in the city over the past year.
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