An Allston neighborhood populated largely by college students was the scene of a fatal shooting early yesterday, causing fear among some residents of the area.
Police did not release the name of the shooting victim, saying only that he was a 25-year-old Hispanic male. No arrests had been made.
Eileen Nalley, a Boston University student, said she was watching television at about 2 a.m. yesterday when she heard what sounded like gunshots. Moments later, she and her roommate looked out their windows and saw a flurry of police activity around a light-colored sedan that had stopped in the intersection of Linden and Pratt streets. Nalley said she observed emergency crews performing CPR on a lifeless man.
A handful of students living near the intersection expressed concern yesterday for their own safety, citing yesterday's homicide and two other incidents in which five people were stabbed last January. None of those stabbings was fatal.
The students also said that there has been an increase in apartment burglaries.
Although residents say things have gotten worse, the latest statistics from the Boston Police Department show crime dipping from last year, with 113 fewer incidents between Jan. 1 and March 23 of this year than in the same time period last year. Those statistics include crimes such as homicide, assault, robbery, and rape; there were a total of 520 incidents reported in the 2007 period, and 407 this year.
"It seems like this area has gotten worse lately. There have been a lot of robberies around here and a lot of people have been mugged at gunpoint," Nalley said, standing on her porch near the scene of yesterday's slaying.
The back window of the car the victim was in appeared to have been shattered by a bullet, a witness said.
Angela Conant, an Emerson College graduate student, said she called 911 after hearing the shots and a woman screaming for help.
She said the woman appeared to be a passerby who did not know the victim.