1 Dead After Double Shooting at Roslindale Gas Station; No Arrests

Police do not believe this was a random act of violence

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Boston police swarmed a gas station in the city's Roslindale neighborhood after two men were shot late Friday night.

Officers responded to the area of 4137 Washington Street around 9:47 p.m. Friday where they found the two victims at ALFA Auto Fuel. One of the victims died on scene, Deputy Supt. James Miller said at a press conference with Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden. He was identified as 31-year-old Dreshaun Johnson of Mattapan. The second victim was taken to a local hospital; his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Police do not believe this was a random act of violence, Miller said. There is no word on any suspects at this time.

"Obviously a tragic situation this evening that's unfolded before us," DA Hayden said, noting that officers did a good job containing the scene Friday night.

There was a large police presence near the crime scene, extending several blocks back, and evidence markers littered the ground, with many seen near a Jeep parked close to a gas pump.

The district attorney said there were people at the gas station who witnessed the shooting.

"That’s gotta be scary for anyone that’s in the process of getting gas when something like this happens," he said.

Hayden said he had arrived at the Roslindale shooting scene after being called to Revere for a police shooting; he noted gun violence is a problem.

"I've said it before, I'll say it again," he shared. "We’ve got too many guns on our street right now and we’re seeing it play out right now. This is a very tragic incident, one's no longer with us."

On Saturday morning he added to his comments with a statement.

"So far this year police have pulled more than 160 illegal guns off of Boston’s streets, including five loaded handguns from juveniles just this week.  Now we again see the destruction guns bring, with one person dead, another wounded and bullets flying in an open-air business setting with people going about their daily routines. I urge anyone with knowledge of those involved to assist the investigation. This is a societal problem that requires a societal response."

Police are asking for the public's help with their investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide unit at 617-343-3470, or the Crimestoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

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