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Quincy police say double shooting was gang-related

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 21, 2013 01:29 PM

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Several shots were fired into a Yellow Taxi, hitting two occupants.

Quincy police say the double shooting that occurred in a residential neighborhood early Wednesday morning most likely was gang-related.

Investigators are still piecing together what happened on Arlington Street in the Montclair Section of Quincy, when two men were allegedly shot while sitting in the backseat of a cab.

The cab had pulled up to a house at 3:45 a.m. to let four passengers out, when a person allegedly came up to the side of the cab and fired several shots through the taxi door and window.

One man, a 19-year-old from Quincy, was hit in both the stomach and the arm. Another passenger, a 22-year-old from Quincy, was hit above the elbow.

The cab driver took the men to Quincy Medical Center. The 22-year-old had the bullet removed and was released.

The 19-year-old was transferred to Boston Medical Center where he underwent surgery and was in serious condition Wednesday. Police said Thursday that he had not been discharged, though his condition was not known.

According to Police Chief Paul Keenan, the four passengers are known to police, and their names have been mentioned in gang circles. Those details have led police to believe the violence was gang-related, though neither the men who were shot nor the other passengers have been cooperative.

“It makes our investigative efforts a little more difficult. It slows the investigation down,” Keenan said. “We’re still going full throttle and following up on leads where we can, but with uncooperative victims and witnesses, it makes it a bit more cumbersome.”

Police subsequently made two arrests of people who know the victims but gave different accounts of what had occurred the morning of the shooting.

Both Lamaar Matthews, 21, from Quincy and Quentin Wilson, 26, from Quincy were arrested and charged with misleading a police investigation. One of the men was a passenger in the car, and another was a friend, said police, who would identify which was which.

Quincy Police said despite the complications, they are making headway on the case.

“We have a pretty good idea about all the parties involved … we don’t know who the shooter was, but a lot of people involved were known to us with incidents that happened in the past,” Keenan said.

Overall, gang problems aren’t very prevalent in Quincy, Keenan said, and it’s mostly a trickle-down effect of gangs in the Boston area.

“We generally don’t have a gang issue in Quincy,” Keenan said. “We have some gang members that visit [Quincy] family members. Some may live here. But we interact frequently with Boston gang unit and Boston Regional Intelligence, so we share info back and forth continually.”

Quincy police were investigating whether this most recent incident was related to any previous crimes, including a November Roxbury shooting in which two Quincy men were killed.

Both men, Sean Repetto, 25, and Victor Otoadese, 21, were Quincy High graduates.

“We’re looking at that lead but don’t know how fruitful it would be,” Keenan said.

At this point, Keenan said it didn’t appear as if the shooting was drug-related, though police are still investigating what motivated the shooting.

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