Cambridge hit by four shootings in 13-hour period


CAMBRIDGE — The city was hit by multiple shootings from the evening of May 2 to the following morning, as reports came into the Cambridge Police Department of four separate incidents.

The first call came between 7 and 8 p.m., Capt. Justin Todd said, regarding shots fired near Pine and Cross streets. Officers responded, and found no evidence such as shell cases, nor were eyewitnesses located. A 17-year-old male was hit in the second event, which took place in the area of Cosby Avenue and Leonards Lane, around 9:30 p.m., when residents of the area heard several shots, a pause, and then another burst of fire. At 1:33 a.m. on May 3, the CPD got another call for shots fired, this time at Foxtail Crossing. Again, no evidence was recovered.

Then at 10:15 a.m. on May 3, “We got another call for Leonards Lane,” Capt. Todd said. Residents and workers on the street saw several patrol cars rushing to location, with flashers on as multiple officers responded. Investigation revealed that at least two suspects were in a gunfight, including shooting from vehicles, in this fourth incident. While there have been no reports of injuries from this episode, vehicles and property were hit by bullets.

Capt. Todd said the CPD has determined two suspects and has their names.

"We are in the process of obtaining charges,” he said on Monday afternoon. They subjects in the case or cases appear to be not directly targeting members of the public — they are in a dispute with each other, Capt. Todd said, though noting that the behavior is a safety issue for residents of the area.

The injured teen was hit in the hit/groin area, Capt. Todd said, and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where surgery was performed. On Monday afternoon, he remained hospitalized, though expected to recover. The youth claimed, Capt. Todd said, to be an innocent bystander.