A few weeks ago, minutes before the faithful would leave, a loud crackle sounded and wisps of smoke hung in the air. Two bullets had pierced the sanctuary of the Blue Hill Revival Center in Mattapan.
“They missed someone’s head by about 10 feet,” said Earlene Montgomery, one of the church leaders, pointing to a very large bullet hole in the front door of the church on Blue Hill Avenue. “Five minutes later, the service would have ended and we would have had 75 people standing back here, and someone would have been killed.”
Those shots on the night of Oct. 6 were among hundreds fired in Roxbury, Mattapan and North Dorchester during the month, one of the most violent on record in the area. The incidence of shootings has reached such proportions that the police designation for the neighborhoods—Area B—has become synonymous with violence.
A review of incomplete journal logs—on file at the police department’s Informational Services Office—indicated more than 60 cases of shots fired in October. In these cases four persons were shot to death; an average of one person a day was wounded; the rest of the shootings missed their mark.
While no statistics for October are available, police department figures for the 40 days from Sept. 6 to Oct. 16 show that 101 people were wounded in 170 shooting episodes in Area B. Over that period, the daily rate of shootings in Area B was approximately 33 percent higher than the rate recorded for comparable periods in 1988 and 1989.
The church, for example, was not a target. A teen-aged boy was. Those shots missed, but several others, fired two blocks up, did not. The boy was wounded.
The desecration of the Blue Hill Revival Center was not trumpeted on the evening news or splashed across the front pages of the daily newspapers. No one was hit; no bodies, no story.
But it was as symbolic an assault as any in Boston’s poorest neighborhoods this past month.
Now, nothing is sacred. Not churches. Not mothers with children. Not children.
Since anyone can be victimized by the increasing number of shootings, the police, the news media and even residents of the neighborhoods themselves are gradually redefining what is an outrage, what is routine and what is predictable.
As for the record number of shooting reports: “Those are just the ones the police hear about,” said a woman who lives in the Orchard Park housing project. “I hear so many shots now I don’t even call no more. I just get down and crawl along my kitchen floor, like on that TV show, ‘Combat.’ And hope the damn things don’t come through my window.”
Two weeks ago, however, several bullets did. The woman and her 13-year-old son were home; she was watching TV. The woman hit the floor, then crawled like an infantryman. They were lucky. No one was hit.
But with alarming frequency, people are not lucky. And more and more, innocent and unintended targets are getting caught, not necessarily in the cross fire, but the misfire.
While young people, many of them associated with inner city gangs, have what appears to be unlimited access to some of the most sophisticated guns on the black market, they are notoriously ignorant about the handling of such weapons and are poor marksmen.
As a result, it is not unusual for three, four or even five shooting attempts to occur before the intended target, usually a teen-aged male, is hit.
“What you’re going to see,” said John Conwell, an attorney who has represented both gang members and youths whom he says are inaccurately labeled as gang members by police, “is these kids are going to become better shots. You might have fewer shootings, but you’re going to have more bodies in the street.”
Conwell believes, as do many police who work in the city’s toughest
sections, that it is still a small minority of those armed who are quick to use guns. But as more guns hit the streets, the odds that they will be fired naturally increase.
There are many answers to the question of who is getting shot and why. Most of those who fire, and are fired at, are black men from 16 to 24 years old, police say. The shootings fall into general categories: Scores to be settled over anything from grudges to girlfriends, drug-related paybacks, cases of mistaken identity. And there are near-misses, far and away the most common kind of shooting in Boston.
The violence has had a profound effect on the quality of life in Roxbury, Mattapan and North Dorchester.
Some ordinary young people are packing extraordinary firepower for protection. The sound of gunfire has become as much a part of the nighttime in these neighborhoods as crickets in the suburbs.
And “hanging out,” sitting on stoops, talking on corners—particularly at night—is becoming known not as a neighborly act but a foolhardy one.
In October, Area B police investigated six murders, four of which were committed by attackers using guns. Another three murders involving guns occurred on streets just over the Area B boundaries.
Last year, Area B recorded had three murders in October, only one from gunfire. So far, 49 of the 83 persons slain in the city this year were killed in Area B, compared with 42 up to this point last year, and 32 for all of 1987.
The homicide toll includes a 15-year-old black boy from a solid family who carried a gun as protection and a pregnant white woman from Reading who was leaving one of the city’s prestigious hospitals after a birthing class.
Billy Molyneaux, the 15-year-old, lived on Wabon Street, in a middle-class Roxbury neighborhood of neatly kept homes and yards. His family’s neighbors include the cousin of a city councilor and a deputy superintendent of police.
His brother, Dwayne, was a star high school basketball player with a
But Molyneaux apparently was just deep enough into street rivalries to be a target when he rode his bicycle on Hansborough Street at 10 p.m. on Oct. 6. He was shot in the head by an unknown assailant and died. Family members were shocked to learn that he was carrying a .25-caliber pistol.
Carol Stuart, a lawyer from Reading, and her husband, Charles, had just left Brigham and Women’s Hospital when a bandit commandeered their car at Huntington Avenue and Francis Street.
After taking their jewelry and car keys, the gunman panicked—perhaps thinking the Stuarts were undercover police officers when Charles Stuart told him he had no wallet—and opened fire. Carol Stuart was killed; Charles was seriously wounded. Their first child, Christopher, was delivered just before she was pronounced dead.
While extraordinarily dramatic, the Stuart murder was probably the least representative of Area B’s violent October. And inner city residents have come to resent the amount of attention given the Stuart tragedy by the police and the media.
Billy Molyneaux’s cousin shook with anger on the porch of the family home last week as he spoke of the police effort directed at finding Carol Stuart’s murderer.
“Black kids are getting killed one by one; my cousin got shot in the head,” said the man, who gave his name only as James. “And now there’s a massive police buildup.”
But what is startling to police is not the slight increase in homicides
from gunfire but the dramatic rise in the use of firearms in assaults.
On Oct. 30, a week after the attack on the Stuarts, another pair of innocents were shot. LaRusha Harris, 15, and Michael Bunch, 22, were seriously wounded when a gunman wearing a Halloween mask burst into a Fenno Street home and opened fire.
Police believe the gunman, who has not been apprehended, was looking for someone else involved in drugs. Harris, who was visiting there because she had stayed home from school, and Bunch, who was the father of a child who lived there, were in the home by chance.
According to police, most of those who are shot are not innocent. Most are, in the jargon, “known to the police.” Some of October’s victims have been shot before; some of their relatives and friends have been hit by gunfire.
On Oct. 16, 20-year-old Antwonn Winbush of North Charlame Terrace was visiting the Norwell Street home of an aunt of his girlfriend of two weeks when a bullet ripped into his back on Oct. 16. He hasn’t seen his girlfriend since.
“This is what was told to me,” said Winbush, a senior at Madison Park High School. “I guess there was some gangs going at it and I got caught in the middle.”
Winbush had felt the sting of a bullet before. Back in the summer of 1985, gunmen drove up to his home in a housing project off Humboldt Avenue and opened fire, hitting him in the wrist.
“They were shooting at everybody,” said Winbush, who has spent time at the Deer Island jail for, among other things, weapons charges.
All three of Willie Jefferson’s sons have been gunned down on the dreary streets not far from her Creston Street apartment, near Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. Two have been shot in gang warfare since late August.
“By the grace of God they are all living,” said Jefferson. “God loves me.”
Avery Williams, 22, her oldest son, carries a bullet in his head. He was shot 14 months ago on Blue Hill Avenue by a Chinese restaurant owner who thought Avery had just robbed his place. Avery was acquitted of the charge in September. Charges against the owner were dropped.
William Jefferson, 15, Jefferson’s youngest son, was hit in the arm and leg on Aug. 22 by a shotgun blast that appeared to have been meant for Intervale Street gang members at Intervale and Fernboro streets.
Shawn Williams, 17, Willie Jefferson’s middle son, was one of October’s victims. He was hit in the left side by gunfire near the corner of Intervale and Normandy streets on Oct. 5. Williams said it happened because one gang, the Franklin Field Giants, were gunning for members of the Intervale gang.
“Just everything is happening out there,” Williams said at his home last week. “Fights. You get into an argument and people don’t like you then come back and do what they got to do.”
Williams can rattle off the names of friends who have been hit over gang rivalries. His best friend, Antonio McQueen was hit in the back in the same shooting that wounded Williams. He had been awaiting placement in the Department of Youth Services at the time.
“It’s so easy to get guns,” said Avery, sitting across the table from Shawn. “There are two choices. You can either win a fight or loose a fight. If someone has a gun. . . you don’t win unless you fight bullets with bullets.”
Willie Jefferson fears for her own safety. And for her sons, especially Shawn.
“If he didn’t learn it from this one, he’s not going to learn,” she said. ‘‘I’m just praying, and I’m planning to leave Boston by the end of the year,” to Tennessee. “Until they get the National Guard here and set a curfew for these kids they aren’t going to stop it.”
For many people, there is an unofficial curfew on the streets. The gangs and the drug dealers have declared a sort of martial law, so if you are on the streets after dark, you may get shot. As a result, many residents do not venture out at night.
In Grove Hall, on Castlegate Road, the namesake street for one of the city’s most notorious gangs, shots have been fired into a neighborhood apartment from the rooftop of a brick apartment building. Cars windshields have been shattered by gunfire.
“Usually I try to get home from work before dark,” said a woman from Castlegate Road whose car trunk has been punctured by gunfire. She worries about her son, who comes home from school at night.
More and more, young people who feel vulnerable are taking up arms.
“People are angry. Everybody’s angry. The way society is around here, you can’t stop it,” said James Houston, 19, who used to carry a gun before he was shot in the thigh on Oct. 14 on Magnolia Street. Now he makes sure he’s inside at night.
“You can’t go into the area and not carry a gun,” said Houston, who said he does not know why he was shot. “They tell you all these murders are happening and then they ask you why you are carrying a gun.”
Detective Sgt. Paul Crossen keeps a neat, organized file of shootings in his Area B district. He was categorizing some reports last week when he came across one involving a 13-year-old boy.
“It’s tragic to say that when someone’s leg is shot and shattered, it is not considered a ‘serious’ shooting,” he said. “This isn’t Fort Apache. The statistics would show an increase in shootings, but we’re not going under for the third time. The difference is, just two years ago it was 17- and 18-year- olds with the guns.
“Now they’re 14, 15, 16, 17,” he said. “A young teen-ager being arrested with a gun doesn’t turn heads anymore.”
Drive-by shootings do, however. Teen-agers are taking cover virtually every weekend. Shootings beget shootings, and the ineptitutde of teenage gunmen ensures that one neighborhood or address can be the scene of more than one drive-by within a week or a month.
For example, in September and October, gunfire erupted at the Viking Terrace, Mattapan, home of Gregory Soones, an alleged member of the K.Oz. gang—as in kilograms and ounces. Two persons were injured in the October shooting, on Oct. 16. Aaron Almeida, 18, a reputed Corbet Street gang member, was arrested in connection with the September shooting.
Soones, 20, was picked up on charges in connection with the Oct. 14 shooting of Lazell Cook, 20, of Mattapan.
On Oct. 15, drive-by shooters wounded a man coming out of a party at the Syria Temple at the corner of Darlington and Norfolk Streets in Dorchester. A week later, on Oct. 21, three persons were peppered by gunfire from a car at the corner of Norfolk and Whitman Streets, a block away.
Victims of both shootings—who spoke on the terms that their names not be printed—said they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. They are not gang members or drug dealers, they say.
For families, the level of violence means changing routines.
“I can’t even take my kids outside,” said one Grove Hall man. “When I take them outside I have to put them in a car and take them somewhere. All it has to do is hit home. . . something happen to my family and I’m gone.”
Leaving the neighborhood, however, is not economically feasible for most. And even those who leave come back regularly, to friends, family and to institutions, like churches, that don’t flee to the suburbs.
Earlene Montgomery, whose Blue Hill Avenue church was shot up last month, has lived on Donald Road for 25 years. Three years ago, after she was mugged outside her home twice, she and her family picked up and moved to Westwood.
Montgomery said that if a church had been shot up in Westwood—indeed, if someone had written grafitti on a house of worship there—it would cause a scandal.
“Crime in Dorchester and Roxbury is taken too lightly,” she said the other day. “There’s an attitude that says, ‘Well, those people are just shooting up themselves.’ “
Montgomery’s church has a street ministry and wants to reach out to the younger people in the community. Before the church was shot up, the congregation had planned a night of music and entertainment for young people. That night has been put on hold while the church tries to provide security for the evening.
“We had never thought about security before the shooting,” Montgomery said. “I mean, we’re a church. We’re not going anywhere. We can’t run from the devil. We just have to be more careful.”
ONE AREA, ONE MONTH: GUNS TAKE THEIR TOLL
Circled numbers locate incidents
mentioned in story.
1. Oct. 1—9:30 p.m. Javaugh Sweed of Island View Drive is shot in the cheek on Shawmut Avenue near Sawyer Street.
2. Oct. 1—11:30 p.m. Charles Hill Jr. arrested for possession of a sawed- off rifle at Winslow Square and Zeigler Street.
3. Oct. 3—8 p.m. Shots fired through the window of a home on Spencer Street.
4. Oct. 3—8:59 p.m. Leon Hemingway is shot in the right arm by unknown assailants on Horan Way.
5. Oct. 3—10 p.m. William Peete, 27, of Talbot Avenue, is shot and killed in Manny’s Place, a Talbot Avenue bar. Charles Peete, 25, his brother, is treated for a gunshot wound to the back. Several men are arrested in the killing.
6. Oct. 5—8:15 p.m. William Simmons of Claybourne Street is shot in the left side of the neck on Bataan Court.
7. Oct. 5—8:30 p.m. Louis Miranda of Evelyn Street is shot in the leg on Ames Street.
8. Oct. 5—9:15 p.m. Shawn Williams of Creston Street and Antonio McQueen of Columbia Road are shot at Intervale and Normandy streets by unknown assailants.
9. Oct. 6—12:30 a.m. Four shots are fired at Dexter Lambert of Kennebeck Street on Annunciation Road.
10. Oct. 6—8 p.m. Shots fired from passing car at Mattapan funeral home as mourners gather to honor a 20-year-old reputed street gang member, Reginald Finklea, who was shot to death earlier in the week.
11. Oct. 6—8:10 p.m. Robert Browning of Washington Street is shot in the shoulder on Bataan Court.
12. Oct. 6—8:30 p.m. Antonio Jerimiah, 18, Brockton, is shot in the leg in the courtyard of the Franklin Hill housing project.
13. Oct. 6—9:45 p.m. Shots hit the Blue Hill Revival Center, Blue Hill Avenue, as a church meeting is going on. No one is injured. Bullet holes in the structure of the building are found.
14. Oct. 6—9:45 p.m. Billy Molyneaux, 15, Wabon Street, is killed by a gunshot to the head as he rode his bike on Hansborough Street in Dorchester. He was carrying a loaded .25 caliber. Sources who knew him said he was carrying it not to shoot it but to protect himself.
15. Oct. 7—1 a.m. Two shots fired at Boston police crusier on Jewish Veterans Drive.
16. Oct. 7—1 a.m. MBTA police report six to nine shots are fired at a cruiser and the right fender is hit in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Harvard Street.
17. Oct. 8—1:45 p.m. Edward Pitts is shot in the groin on Bataan Court.
18. Oct. 8—3 p.m. Owner of a building on Callender Street, allegedly used as a crack house, is confronted by a man pointing a semiautomatic Uzi at him and threatening to “blow his head off.” The standoff ends and no one is hurt.
19. Oct. 9—3 p.m. Two alleged drug dealers armed with guns invade a home on Mora Street, kicking in the door and holding the resident and her 13-month old baby at gunpoint while they search in vain for her son, who owed them money. After the woman says she will pay the debt, the men leave threatening to come back and “kill everyone in the building” if the debt isn’t paid.
20. Oct. 9—6:44 p.m. Shots fired on Harvard Street.
21. Oct. 10—12:25 a.m. Sawed off rifles confiscated from two men on Bodwell Street.
22. Oct. 10—8 p.m. Rolando Carr, 30, of Shandon Road is shot in the elbow and the abdomen by Officer Clayton Pressley of the Boston police. Shooting occurred near Carr’s home in the Franklin Hill housing project when Pressley mistook Carr’s house key for a gun. The shooting exacerbated the debate over the police department’s stop and search policy in Area B neighborhoods.
23. Oct. 10—10 p.m. Michael Beckford is arrested for unlawfully carrying a gun on Ceylon Street.
24. Oct. 11—5:30 p.m. Wayne Caunsell is shot in the leg on Bickford Street.
25. Oct. 12—2:30 a.m. Robert Shaw and James Daniel, 192 Humdoldt Street, each wounded in the upper leg at Geneva Avenue and Wilder streets by assailants who jumped out of the bushes.
26. Oct 12—11 p.m. Shots fired at 96 American Legion Highway at 11 p.m.
27. Oct. 13—8:30 p.m. Shots fired at an apartment on Wales Street.
28. Oct. 14—1:50 a.m. Edward Andres is assaulted with a hand gun on Stanwood Street.
Oct. 14—7 p.m. James Houston, 19, of Dorchester shot in the thigh on Magnolia Street for no apparent reason.
30. Oct. 14—7:40 p.m. Keith Taylor arrested at address on Magnolia Street for unlawfully carrying a gun.
31. Oct. 14—11 p.m. Lazell Cook, 20, of Winter Street, Mattapan was shot in the head at 11 p.m. in Mattapan Square. Gregory Soones of Viking Terrace was arrested for armed robbery in the shooting.
32. Oct. 14—11:50 p.m. Roxie Woodrum’s car is damaged by gunshots on Peacevale Road.
33. Oct. 14 or 15—between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Shots fired through parlor of home of Jean Rateau on Dania Street.
35. Oct. 15—12 a.m. Ian Percival of 147 Bowdoin is hit in the thigh by gunfire at Darlington and Norfolk Streets. Shots came from a passing car.
35. Oct. 15—12:20 a.m. Car windows are shattered by gunfire on Dania Street in Mattapan.
36. Oct. 15—9 p.m. Shots are fired on Brunswick Street.
37. Oct. 15—9:30 p.m. Irvens Bayard’s is car shot on Blue Hill Avenue at Abbot Street.
38. Oct. 15—10 p.m. Shots are fired at the home of Bill Pringles on Prescott Street.
39. Oct. 16—1:40 p.m. Shot fired at building on Dudley Street near Clifton Street. Bullet found in the ceiling.
40. Oct. 16—5:15 p.m. Antwonn Winbush of North Charlame Terrace shot in the lower back on Norwell Street near Washington Street.
41. Oct. 16—9:35 p.m. Two are wounded in a drive-by attack on Viking Terrace. Lloyd Fraser Jr., 19, of River Street, Mattapan, is wounded in the stomach. Richard Wilson, 25, of Cambridge, isalso hit. It is the second shooting attempt there. Aaron Almeida, 18, of Woodbole Street, Mattapan, was arrested for the first one, which occurred in September.
42. Oct. 17—1:20 a.m. Stephanie Lewis is assaulted by a man with a gun at Shandon Road. Leroy Burke and Kevin Brown arrested.
43. Oct. 17—2 p.m. Passengers on a Dorchester bus scatter when someone yells that shots are being fired at the bus. Some who had left the bus stone it.
44. Oct. 17—10 p.m. Report of shots fired on Norwell Street.
45. Oct. 17 --- 10:05 p.m. Shots are fired on Norwell Street, near Harvard Street.
46. Oct. 19—3 p.m. Kevin Farrow, 18, of Maple Court is shot in the leg while entering his home.
47. Oct. 19—5 p.m. Raymond Sledge, 17, is arrested on charges of carrying a .45-caliber handgun illegally at Parker and Tremont streets. He also had a bulletproof vest, police said.
48. Oct. 19—9:15 p.m. Kevin Wells and Michael Harrison are arrested on Cheney Street for illegal possession of firearms.
49. Oct. 19 --- 11:15 p.m. Punoid Jones, 19, of Highland Park Drive, is found shot to death in a weedy lot on Cedar Street. He was shot once in the head. No arrests have been made.
50. Oct. 21—4:20 a.m. Owen Lewis, 23, of Belden Street, Dorchester, is arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm. He was stopped in Mattapan Square because shots were fired from a car matching the description of his auto on Blue Hill Avenue.
51. Oct. 21—5:07 a.m. Report of a person shot in the back on Ceylon Street.
52. Oct. 21—4:30 p.m. Byran Ward assaulted by a man with a shot gun at 26 Horan Way.
53. Oct. 21—8:25 a.m.—Jerome Williams is assaulted by a man with a shotgun at 99 Lawrence Avenue.
54. Oct. 21—10 p.m. Three Dorchester people shot in drive by attack from a red car at the corner of Norfolk and Whitman streets. Keisha Johnson, 16, of Crawford Street, and Robert Parker, 18, of Edson Street ,are shot in the buttocks. Eric Brown, 21, of Thetford Avenue in Dorchester, is wounded in the back.
55. Oct. 22—12:03 a.m. Shots fired at apartment on Kensington Street. Bullet is found in the wall.
56. Oct. 22—2 a.m. Ron Fields stabbed and shot by unknown assailants on Hansborough Street.
57. Oct. 22—11:56 a.m. Shots are fired on Burgess Street.
58. Oct. 22—10 p.m. Two shots are fired at William Pringle, of Prescott Street, in front of a home on Orchard Park Drive.
59. Oct. 22—12:25 p.m. Edward Mills is arrested for possession of a firearm on Fisher Avenue.
60. Oct. 23—11:45 a.m. Paul Mark Jones Jr. of Warren Street is assaulted by a person with a handgun on Dudley Street at Burgess Street.
61. Oct. 23—7:30 p.m. Shots are fired on Vesta Road.
62. Oct. 23—8:30 p.m. Homicide. Carol Stuart, 33-year-old pregnant Reading woman, is shot in the head and killed and her husband wounded in the abdomen in the Mission Hill section by a robber who commandered their car at Huntington Avenue and Francis Street. Their child Christopher is born before his mother dies. A massive manhunt for the killer has not led to an arrest.
63. Oct. 23—9:50 p.m. Shots fired on Park Street.
64. Oct. 23—10:30 p.m. Emeterio Arroyo shot in lower right leg on Wilcock Street.
65. Oct. 24—12:25 a.m. Homicide. James Moody, 29, of Abbot Street. He is killed by shotgun blast to the head at Calder Street and Blue Hill Avenue. Arrested for murder: Aaron Watts, 21, of Harrison Avenue.
66. Oct. 24—6:55 p.m. Two reports of shots fired through car windows at 49 Theodore Street.
67. Oct. 24—8:30 p.m. Bullet fired through window of parked car on Columbia Road near Brinsley Street.
68. Oct. 25—12:05 a.m. Shots fired through living room window on Woodbole Avenue, Mattapan. Shotgun pellet fragments found.
69. Oct. 25—8:35 p.m. Shots fired through apartment window on Wales Street.
70. Oct. 26—12 a.m. Chris Brown is arrested at midnight for unlawfully carrying a gun at Columbia Road and Washington Street.
71. Oct. 26—12:25 a.m. Kelly LeGrande is arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at Clifton J. Gumbs at a Hammond Street address.
72. Oct. 26—6:40 p.m. Report of shots fired into Vincent Brite’s Carmen Street house.
73. Oct. 26—7:20 p.m. Car window is shot out at Hampden and Dunmore streets.
74. Oct. 27—8:22 p.m. Todd Herring, of Dunlap Street, and Wayne Mitchell, of Cheney Street, each suffer gunshot wounds to the leg at the intersection of Maple and Cheney streets.
75. Oct. 28—12:15 a.m. Shots fired into taxi window on Cedar Street near Lambert Avenue.
76. Oct. 28—2:15 a.m. Rudy Daimond is shot at by the driver of a Toyota while he is in his car at Columbia Road and Blue Hill Avenue.
77. Oct. 28—3:30 p.m. Norman Marten of Humboldt Avenue threatened by suspects with handguns on Humboldt near Elbert Street.
78. Oct. 28—9 p.m. Shots fired on a motor vehicle on Wildwood Street.
79. Oct. 29—8:30 p.m. Phillip Rise, 16, of Greenwood Street is shot in the head while riding his bike at the intersection of Glenway and Harlem streets.
80. Oct. 30—12:15 p.m. Two persons—Michael Bunch, 22, and LaRusha Harris, 14, shot in the kitchen of a Fenno Street apartment by a man wearing a Halloween mask.
81. Oct. 30—3 p.m. Shots fired at Greenwood and Harlem Streets.
82. Oct. 30—6:35 p.m. A shot fired by an unknown suspect pierce the window of Todd and Reme Miller’s car at Melnea Cass Boulevard and Tremont Street as the Jamaica Plain couple are traveling to see friends.
83. Oct. 30—7:30 p.m. Shots fired at the Roberto Playground on Dunbar Avenue.
84. Oct. 31—7:45 p.m. Shots are fired on Hansborough Street, Dorchester.
85. Oct. 31—11:40 p.m. Gary Janes of Morton Street is robbed and shot on Park Street, Dorchester.