Massachusetts

5 Dead After Weekend of Violence in Boston

So far, arrests have been made in two of the five shootings

It was a violent weekend in Boston, with five dead after shootings in the neighborhoods of Mattapan, Roxbury and Dorchester.

Investigators say none of the shootings appear to be connected but each one is troubling for the city.

The stretch of violence in Boston started early Friday morning in Roxbury where one man was shot to death on Massachusetts Avenue. 

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Several hours later, there was a double shooting in Dorchester in the area of Alexander and Bird streets, leaving another man dead.

Then on Saturday, a gas station attendant was killed in Dorchester in an apparent robbery attempt on Washington Street.

And Sunday morning, there were two shootings in Mattapan, less than a mile apart.

The first shooting took place at 18 Mildred Avenue in Mattapan around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

When officers arrived at the scene, they say they found a man in his early 40s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Authorities have not announced an arrest in the overnight shooting.

Nine hours later, the second shooting occurred at 88 Itasca Street. Just before noon, officers say a man in his 30s was killed. The victim was found suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

An investigation led police to arrest Kai Harris, 26, of Brockton. Harris is charged with murder and is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

Mayor Marty Walsh says it does not appear any of the shootings this weekend are connected.

"We're trying to figure out what the situation here is," Mayor Walsh said. "Kind of one of those things where we go through ebbs and flows and sometimes we have multiple shootings like we did this weekend and there's no rhyme or reason to it."

Mayor Walsh says they will be meeting with community partners, doubling down their efforts to ensure the city is safe.

Police say they are actively investigating this weekend's shootings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the homicide detectives at 617-343-4470. To report a tip anonymously, call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word "TIP" to CRIME (27463).

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