SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — There were multiple shooting incidents reported in Boston, Somerville, and Cambridge, made ahead of the long holiday weekend.
According to Boston Police Department, on Thursday July 2nd at around 8:10 p.m., officers in Mattapan made an onsite firearm arrest after responding to a call for a person with a gun in the area of Norfolk Street and Woolson Street.
When they arrived, BPD officers observed the suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Rafael Santiago of Malden "with a revolver in his hand."
"The officers were able to quickly deescalate the potentially deadly encounter, convincing the armed suspect to drop the firearm after issuing numerous verbal commands," said BPD in a statement. "The suspect was then placed in custody and the revolver was safely recovered. While on scene, officers located an adult male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene."
Santiago is expected to appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
Later on Thursday, at around 10 p.m., officers were responding to a call for fireworks or possible shots fired in the area of 39 Mount Pleasant Avenue in Roxbury, when they located a 15-year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.
The boy, who was suffering "life-threatening injuries," was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. he has since been identified as Xhavier Rico ,15, of Dorchester.
According to BPD, a short time later, two adult male victims also presented themselves at local area hospitals for treatment of apparent non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
The Boston Police Department says it is actively reviewing both of these incidents, and is asking anyone with information to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.
Also on Thursday night at around 10 p.m., police in Somerville were on scene at an apartment complex on River Road, where four people were suffering from gunshot wounds. While one victim was critically injured, all four are expected to survive.
On Friday morning, police had arrested three people following the shooting. 24-year-old Justin Ellcock, 23-year-old Davel Matthew, and 23-year-old Destiny Banks, all of Cambridge, are now facing various firearm charges.
Meanwhile, in Cambridge, police responded to calls of fireworks and possible gunshot activity at around 9:40 p.m. in the area of 110 Harvard Street and The Port Neighborhood.
While CPD said it is not aware of any gunshot victims, officers did recover shell casings in the area and are interviewing multiple witnesses.
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