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070413i-shootingA man was shot in the head Thursday at Windsor and Washington streets, around the time of Fourth of July fireworks, police and citizens in the area said.

The victim, Kensley David, 22, of Cambridge, died Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Police were called to 170 Windsor St. at about 10:02 p.m. Thursday, according to scanner reports and a police press release. People nearby reported that there was heavy police response, with some 10 emergency vehicles speeding to the scene.

Police found David, who was treated immediately and taken to MGH. News of his death was reported at late Saturday afternoon by Jeremy Warnick, director of communications and media relations for the Cambridge Police Department, and other law enforcement officials.

A black sedan was reported leaving Windsor Street in the Area IV neighborhood toward Main Street after the shooting. Cambridge Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are investigating.

“While the investigation is still extremely active, investigators do not consider this incident to be a random event and do not believe there is an ongoing risk to the general public at this time,” Warnick said.

Warnick told The Cambridge Chronicle on Friday:

By all accounts it appears it was a drive-by shooting. It’s a pretty extreme case, in terms of the severity of his injuries.

The dispute was alleged to involve a stolen chain, according to people near the scene of the shooting.

The most recent violent death in Cambridge before David’s was from a drive-by shooting – that of Charlene Holmes, 16, who was shot June 3, 2012, near her home on Willow Street in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood. Thanialee Cotto, 17, was shot and injured in the same incident. Officials said last year that had an “all hands on deck” effort in place to solve the case so there was “a [solid] piece of litigation at the end … these officers are working so hard on the case [because] we want a prosecution that’s going to stick and be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.” There has been no arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cambridge Police at (617) 349-3300. Anonymous reports can be left at (617) 349-3359; sent by text message to 84741 (begin your text with TIP650, then type your message); or by email by visiting

This story was updated July 4, 2014, to correct the time of the incident in relation to Fourth of July festivities; and on July 5, 2014, to update the headline and story to reflect that the shooting was fatal.