Last night at approximately 22:38 hours on Boston Police Officers assigned to District B-2 responded to a shot spotter activation for approximately 8 rounds fired in the Kensington Park Projects. At the same time, 911 received multiple calls for at least one person shot in the area of 52 Kensington Park in Roxbury. Boston EMS immediately responded as well with Ambulance 2, Ambulance 10, Ambulance 4, Paramedic 5, Paramedic 16, C21 (Captain), Division 2 (Lieutenant) and C8 (Shift Commander).
On arrival, officers located three adult male victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Officers immediately rendered aid to the men until EMS arrived. BEMS treated, packaged and loaded all three men, who were reportedly shot multiple times. The three victims were transported to two local area hospitals for treatment, where one of those victims was later pronounced deceased. The two remaining victims’ injuries are considered life-threatening at this time.
Witnesses described a horrific sight that they likened to an execution, with what one woman called “attempted headshots” on all three victims. Residents of the area also belive this may have been related to issues with a rival neighborhood in Roxbury, with many taking to social media to both take credit for the hit as well as threaten retribution.
Shortly after the three victims arrived at the hospital, another male suffering from apparent gun shot wounds presented himself to the emergency department at a third, different, local area hospital. It is unclear if this is somehow involved in the shooting located at Kensington Park however it is still under investigation.
Following the transport of victims, full notifications were made and all relevant units were notified. BPD Detectives from B-2 and the Homicide Unit, Crime Scene Response, multiple members of the Command Staff including the Deputy Superintendent of BIS and Night Shift Commander as well as Police Commissioner Gross and District Attorney Rollins.
During a press conference held on the scene, Gross, who was visibly upset, spoke out against the seemingly lenient treatment of violent offenders during the current pandemic. He voiced his thoughts stating, “Folks, we say it time and time and time again, this shouldn’t be tolerated in our neighborhoods… everybody has to be held accountable… I could care less if they get sick in jail… They are a danger to the community.”
The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and are asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).
To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125