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2 men shot in Roxbury; 1 critical

Neighborhood was site of peace rally

Boston police and residents looked to the second story of a house in Kensington Park, which was the scene of a double shooting last night in Roxbury. Boston police and residents looked to the second story of a house in Kensington Park, which was the scene of a double shooting last night in Roxbury. (Matthew J. Lee/ Globe Staff)
By John M. Guilfoil and Derek Anderson
Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent / August 23, 2011

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Only two days after a neighborhood peace rally, two men were shot last night in the parking lot of a sprawling housing development on Kensington Park in Roxbury, police said.

One man was shot in the head several times, and the other was shot in the leg before stumbling about a block to Fenno Street.

The ShotSpotter system run by Boston police went off around 9:30 p.m., and 911 calls flooded in.

The unidentified victims, both about 25 to 28 years old, were brought to area hospitals, said Police Superintendent Rafael Ruiz, who was at the scene.

The man shot in the head was in critical condition at Boston Medical Center last night, police said. It was not known where the other victim was hospitalized.

“One was shot in the head a number of times,’’ Ruiz said. “One was shot in the leg and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.’’

Boston police homicide detectives, K-9 units, and Special Operations officers combed the area last night investigating and gathering evidence. Police taped off a large crime scene around the development last night.

The shootings occurred at the Warren Gardens public housing complex, said David Estrada, a Boston police spokesman.

On Saturday, community members held a peace rally in the neighborhood.

One resident, Deborah, 58, who declined to give her last name out of fear for her safety, said the neighborhood is usually quiet, but occasionally there is trouble.

“It’s all about the community,’’ she said. “We don’t want to see that stuff in here. We try to do as much crime watch as possible. You hope things are going to be peaceful, but then you see [things] like this happen. It’s just really scary.’’

Police had no information on a possible suspect or suspects last night.

Ruiz asked anyone with information to come forward. Tips can be left anonymously by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 800-494-TIPS or texting the word TIP to CRIME (27463).

John M. Guilfoil can be reached at jguilfoil@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globe_guilfoil.