‘Calamitous violence’: Suffolk DA outraged after 3 people shot, 3 others stabbed in Boston overnight

BOSTON — It was an extremely violent night in Boston on Sunday after three separate shootings and a triple-stabbing rocked the city.

“We should all be outraged by the calamitous violence that rocked our neighborhoods last night,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden. “My heart cries out for our city and for everyone impacted by these tragedies. We’ll work tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice, and we ask anyone in the community with information to please help us. It is high time, the necessary time indeed, for a tidal attitude shifts around illegal gun possession and the havoc it wreaks.”

Police were called to Blue Hill Avenue at Washington Street in Roxbury around 7:47 p.m. Saturday for a shooting.

When they arrived, they found a man around 30 years of age who had been shot several times.

He later died at the hospital.

A few hours later around 11:08 p.m., police responded to the intersection of Weldon and Quincy Streets in Roxbury for another shooting.

When they arrived, they found an adult man suffering from gunshot wounds.

He also died at the hospital.

Less than 30 minutes after that shooting, police were called to 99 Draper St. in Dorchester for another adult man who was shot inside.

He was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and at last check, was listed in critical condition.

“As you can imagine, it’s hectic,” said Boston Police Investigative Bureau Superintendent Felipe Colon. “We have officers from all over the city responding to many of the incidents that occurred and again we’ve had two in Roxbury, one here in Dorchester, so it’s been pretty busy.”

Less than five minutes after the third shooting, officers responded to Charles St. in Dorchester for a stabbing.

When officers arrived, they found two people suffering from stab wounds. A third person took themself to the hospital to be treated for a stab wound.

Police said all three stabbing victims are expected to survive.

“We’re in the early stages of these investigations so unknown if these incidents are related to each other,” Colon said. “We’re asking the public for their help.”

Anyone with information on these incidents should call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Late Monday afternoon, city officials gathered for National Night Out and spoke about the importance of the public helping law enforcement fight street violence.

“Cooperation from the public is how we’re able to really solve crimes,” Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox said.

He encouraged the public to call police for help in deescalating any issues or situations seen in Boston neighborhoods.

“Call us so we can prevent these types of things from escalating,” Cox said.

When asked what more can be done to prevent the violence, Cox said, “We’re trying anything that we can. The city is spending a tremendous amount of resources.”

That includes steering city youth away from violence, and providing access to mental health resources for city residents, Cox said.

When asked about the fatal violence overnight, Wu said, “It’s deeply painful and heartbreaking every single time we are comforting a grieving family.”

She said access to illegal firearms is among the issues seen in Boston and nationwide. The mayor said the city and law enforcement are working extremely hard to stop the violence, and that officials are watching the numbers of victims impacted by city crime closely.

“We will not rest or be satisfied until we are down to zero,” Wu said.

Wu said that National Night Out “is really an example of building the public safety infrastructure that our community needs.”

“Our department does an incredible job of responding in moments of crisis, providing that accountability and doing whatever they can to chase down justice after a situation,” Wu said. “But we want to be, wherever possible, preventing things from happening altogether, whether that is from strong relationships with civic associations, neighborhood associations and the city and the police department.”

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