Five men were shot and sustained injuries not believed to be life-threatening on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain about 4:30 today, said Boston Police Officer James Kenneally.
The shooting was near the intersection of Boylston and Washington streets near 3151 Washington St., close to the Roxbury border, Boston Police said in the statement.
The five were believed to shot by the same person, police Superintendent Rafael Ruiz said. Police said they are looking for a suspect who was on a dark-colored bicycle and have made no arrests as of 6:30 p.m.
Thursday morning, three people were shot, none fatally, at 3137 Washington St.
This evening, two men were taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital and the other three to Boston Medical Center, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police at (617) 43-4470 or police detectives at (617) 343-5628.
Julia Hernandez, 29, was at home a few doors down from the incident when she heard gunfire. She came to her door to see what happened and watched a sea of people run to escape the hail of bullets, she said. As soon as people saw there were victims, they returned to assist them, she said.
"I saw everyone's face, and I knew they were scared," Hernandez said.
One man was out of sorts and bleeding heavily after a bullet appeared to have skimmed his head, Hernandez said. Another man, shot in the foot, was seen taking off his shoes as they both waited for an ambulance.
Hernandez said her 10-year-old son saw the commotion from Tin Bochinche restaurant on the corner of Boylston and Washington streets.
"He said he was scared," she said.
Hernandez said she moved to the neighborhood in December and that the area had been quiet until summer, when the number of fights seemed to increased. Until now, though, it seemed that people ended the altercations before they became life-threatening.
Hernandez said today and Thursday's shootings make her want to keep her children from playing in the neighborhood and instead have them play in back of their residence.
Sitting next to Hernandez on her front stoop was Jessy, 19, who asked that her last name not be used. She said she was surprised the shooting happened amid daylight.
"They're getting very brave," she said.
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