Tuesday, April 23, 2024

An early morning argument apparently led to gunshots Wednesday in The Port neighborhood near Central Square, according to a police report.

Police responded to Norfolk Street and Bishop Allen Drive at around 2:45 a.m. after 911 calls and an alert from ShotSpotter technology, which listens for gunshots in the city. Though there were no reported injuries or victims, concerns about multiple gunshots were borne out when a search turned up seven shell casings outside 47 Bishop Allen Drive.

Reporting parties indicated at least two people arguing before gunshots were heard, police said. 

It makes for three such incidents in three months in the neighborhood.

The most recent such incident was April 16. After a report of multiple gunshots at 1:38 a.m., police officers canvassed the area and found three shell casings outside 106-108 Columbia St., a residential area by a minimart about a block from the Wednesday shots. There were no reported victims, said Jeremy Warnick, director of communications and media relations for Cambridge police, and no witnesses. 

A similar incident came March 31, when gunshots were reported at approximately 4:06 a.m. at School and Cherry streets – again, only about a block away – and police found shell casings but no victims.

Before that, the most recent such similar incident was at 5:48 a.m. Dec. 11, another block away at Norfolk and Worcester streets – with shell casings again found, but no victims.