At approximately 18:20 last night, a Boston Police Officer radioed hearing multiple rounds fired in the area of Bowdoin Hill near that intersection of Hancock Street and Bowdoin Street in Dorchester.
Units from C-11 as well as members of the Gang Unit mobilized and began their search for the scene, which was soon located at the intersection of Cameron Street and Hancock Street. They quickly located one victim, and sent out radio calls for additional help, emphasizing the severity of the unfolding situation when they were heard saying, “send everybody”. Officers flooded the scene and quickly located another two gunshot wound victims in the rear of 34 Cameron Street. They attempted to render aid while also fearing for further gunfire to unfold as multiple individuals were simultaneously fleeing the area and refusing to comply with Officers’ orders.
Already three tourniquets had been applied when members of the Gang Unit updated that a fourth victim had been located. Numerous units from across the city came in to respond, with Officers from Mattapan, Back Bay, and Roxbury assisting to help serve as EDTs while others were trying to detain a number of people on scene in an attempt to secure the scene for EMS. Many of these individuals were non-compliant, hindering the ability for the victims to be provided with further aid.
The surrounding area was blocked off and shut down to traffic for roughly three blocks in all directions. Additional ambulances were dispatched, and EMTs, Paramedics, and Command Staff treated and transported all four victims to local area hospitals with serious, life-threatening injuries. The officers that arrived at the hospital updated that although critical, the victims were stable and expected to survive their injuries. Without the quick action of the officers who were able to render aid immediately after arriving on scene, and the world renowned skills of Boston EMS, EMTs, and Paramedics, their condition would have likely had a different outcome.
Spent shell casings were located on Tovar Street and processed by District Detectives where ballistic evidence was photographed and collected. At this time it is believed that this incident is a retaliation by gang members after a member of a rival gang was shot the day prior up the street. The suspects involved in that shooting, are believed to be linked to gang members on Cameron Street.
The BRIC – short for Boston Regional Intelligence Center – has recently been targeted by politicians in Boston trying to defund the police by claiming that the BRIC is bias and unnecessary; however, they proved their worth when minutes after the shootings they were able to release the identification of the vehicles possible involved. They pointed to a silver GMC truck, black Lincoln Sedan, and a Lexus, as well as all of the associated plates. With a total of 9 people shot in less than 24 hours, it is clear that additional resources should not be turned down.
No arrests have been made in connection to this latest shooting. As always community members wishing to assist can do so by anonymously by contacting the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).