2 slain in violent weekend in Boston

Shootings leave four others hurt

By Stewart Bishop
Globe Correspondent / May 31, 2011

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Two men were shot to death within a half hour of each other in attacks in Dorchester and Mattapan on Sunday night amid a violent holiday weekend that left four others with gunshot wounds, authorities said.

Around 9:40 Sunday night, police responded to a residence on Selden Street and found a 20-year-old man outside suffering from a gunshot wound, Boston police said. The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

A neighbor who declined to be identified said the man was shot during a party at the Dorchester home.

“There was a whole bunch of kids at that house,’’ he said. “They were having a cookout.’’

The neighbor said he was watching television when he heard a gunshot and looked out to see one man fleeing.

A woman who answered the door at the Selden Street address said the victim did not live there. She declined to comment further.

Less than a half hour after that shooting, a man was shot in the area of Itasca and Messinger streets in Mattapan, police said.

Officers called to the scene found a 22-year-old man who had been shot multiple times, police said. That victim was also taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Yesterday, a neighbor said she had heard five or six shots ring out shortly after 10 p.m., and she looked outside to see a man in the intersection call out in pain before falling to the ground.

Sunday’s killings are the city’s 12th and 13th homicides of the year. There were 26 homicides at this time in 2010.

Late last night, a male in his late teens was shot multiple times on Willowwood Street, near the Dorchester-Mattapan line, and was in critical condition at Boston Medical Center, police said. No further details were immediately available.

Earlier Sunday, two young men were shot in a daylight attack on Kerwin Street in Dorchester. Another man was shot in the back Saturday night in the area of Whitten and Althea streets in Dorchester.

All three were expected to survive, police said.

Correspondent Katherine Landergan contributed to this report. Stewart Bishop can be reached at