Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Despite a “Safe Streets, Safe City” community meeting Wednesday in response to gunfire incidents and shootings in The Port, the neighborhood had another incident early Monday, police said.

At approximately 1:45 a.m., officers – some on foot patrol since incidents taking place July 15-16, others nearby – heard multiple gunshots in the area around Harvard and Cherry streets and came to investigate. ShotSpotter technology also heard the gunfire, police said.

Seeing a vehicle speeding away and driving through a red light at Columbia and Cambridge streets, police made “multiple attempts” to stop it, according to a 10:58 a.m. emailed press release. The driver fled into Somerville, and state police and other law enforcement were told.

When state police troopers locked on to the vehicle, the driver crashed while fleeing, left the vehicle and ran away. Police searched but could not find the driver, they said. The vehicle was recovered and impounded by Cambridge police. 

Back at Harvard, Cherry and Boardman streets, more than a dozen shell casings were found, and one vehicle and two residential buildings were damaged from gunshots.

No residents were injured, police said.

Officers will process evidence from the gunshots and recovered vehicle and keep talking with witnesses and anyone living and working in the area at the time of these shootings, police said.

“In the interim, the Cambridge police remains committed to maintaining increased visibility in the area through directed patrols and community outreach,” the email said.

This is the ninth gunfire incident in the city for 2021. “Sadly, a large majority of the city’s gun violence continues to occur within a portion of The Port neighborhood,” said a July 17 statement from the city’s top officials. Of the gunshot-related incidents that have taken place this year, seven have occurred within The Port. “Last year, five of the seven incidents happened in The Port,” the officials said.