Joint statement on the recent shootings in the port district


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Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, City Manager Louis A. DePasquale, Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr., Superintendent Victoria Greer, and Police Commissioners Elow and DiPietro express their deepest concern over the recent gun violence in The Port neighborhood. The Cambridge Police Department and the City of Cambridge want to reassure residents of the neighborhood that combating this violence is a top priority. Together, the Mayor’s Office, City Administrator’s Office, Cambridge Public School Department and Police Department will discuss these incidents and the police and community action that will be implemented.

To ensure local residents are aware of the context, the Cambridge Police Department is actively investigating two separate shootings in The Port neighborhood that occurred on the night of July 15 and the early morning of July 16. Two people were injured as a result of non-life-threatening injuries incidents.

At around 4:30 a.m. on July 16, nearby officials responded to a ShotSpotter activation near the intersection of Broadway and Windsor Streets. A 16-year-old Cambridge man was shot in the lower body and treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. A suspect reportedly stopped in a vehicle in front of the victim and shot him dead before escaping the area. The shots salvaged three cartridge cases and damaged two vehicles.

At around 11:18 pm on July 15, officers patrolling the area reacted to the sound of gunfire and a ShotSpotter activation in the 151 Washington Street area. A victim (a 22-year-old Everett man) was found by officers located and treated after being shot in the leg. He was then taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. At least eight cartridge cases were recovered from the gunfire and two vehicles parked in a nearby parking lot were damaged.

At the time of the investigation, it is believed that these incidents were not random and no arrests have been made at this stage. The officers have recovered and are processing evidence from both incidents. In addition, they will follow up on victims, witnesses, and anyone living and working in the area at the time of these shootings. Anyone with information is asked to call Cambridge Police at (617) 349-3300. Anonymous reports can be left at (617) 349-3359; sent by SMS to 847411 (start your text with TIP650, then enter your message); or by email at CambridgePolice.org/Tips.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of the city’s gun violence continues to take place in part of The Port neighborhood. Of the eight gunfire-related incidents that year, six occurred in the port. Last year five of the seven incidents occurred in the port.

A comprehensive strategy for the deployment of officers has been implemented in the port area. It continues while these two incidents – and the other four from earlier this year – are actively investigated. This increased visibility strategy complements targeted patrols and officers from the Cambridge Police Department’s Traffic Control, Special Investigation and Crime Investigation Units, who operate the area in uniform or undercover.

Gun violence is not limited to Cambridge, as we saw in the tragic murder of the 22-year-old man in Somerville this week, who grew up and used to live in Cambridge. It is for this reason that the Cambridge Police Investigation Unit is working closely with other nearby communities to share information and key information to address the issue on a regional basis.

Cambridge Police will proactively continue to work with social services, community leaders and other criminal justice agencies to offer an evidence-based crime prevention program that engages directly with perpetrators to prevent harmful behavior before they are potentially reoffended.

The city is committed to the strong partnerships and relationships in the neighborhood. We will use all available resources to help us contain this senseless acts of violence. We are working on a community meeting and will announce the meeting details shortly. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact one of us directly or the Cambridge Police Department at [email protected]

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