Violence leaves two dead, one injured
2 neighborhoods rattled by attacks
At daytime yesterday, blood still covered the dark wood steps inside 92 Sumner St. in Dorchester. A light switch on the first floor was spattered with blood, and droplets led to the sidewalk, ending at a set of blue paramedics gloves that had been discarded on the concrete. A 23-year-old man was fatally stabbed here at 12:28 a.m., in the top floor apartment of the three-decker.
There were two unrelated homicides overnight Monday, a spate of violence that shocked residents in two neighborhoods less than 2 miles apart.
“All of this has me shaking and nervous,’’ said a second-floor resident at the Sumner Street building, who requested that her name be withheld. “I mean, you see this kind of stuff on television, but you never think that it’s literally right outside your door.’’
Police arrested Lester James, 24, in connection with that homicide, and he is scheduled to be arraigned today in Dorchester District Court on murder charges.
Police have not released the victim’s name in either of the killings.
The first homicide occurred at 9:26 p.m. Monday, when a man in his 20s was shot in the head in a parking lot of a public housing complex near 3 Kensington Park in Roxbury. Anther man was shot, but his wounds were not considered life-threatening.
The U-shaped parking lot at the Warren Gardens housing complex was quiet yesterday afternoon. An unmarked Boston police car idled at the front, keeping watch. There was tension in the air, and residents were angry about Monday’s shooting.
“You all, the media, the police, the politicians, need to put a tent right there, right on that corner, and live here for a month,’’ said one woman, standing on the stoop of her unit yesterday afternoon. “See what happens. Then you can make your own report. You don’t need to ask me.’’ She declined to give her name.
Emma Okoro, 55, who also lives in the complex, was sleeping when stray bullets flew through her window.
“I was already resting to go to work this morning, and I heard a loud bang,’’ she said. “Bullets came through my windows, but I didn’t realize at the time. Later I saw it, and I only thought that one came through it, But when the cops saw it, they counted a few.
“I thought it was my kids dropping plates or something, but then I saw the blind broken,“ she said. “I saw that the bullet came through the window and hit the blind.’’
Okoro said her blinds were damaged, but no one inside was hurt.
“I’m just sorry for the kids,’’ she said. “I’m sorry that these kids don’t value life. Something’s wrong. Twenty years old and they don’t get to see life. They kill somebody and spend the rest of their life in prison. I wish I could tell you more. I wish I could help the kids.’’ Police have not made any arrests in the case.
The killings brought the city’s total to 38 so far this year, compared with 40 at the same time last year, police said.