Police say teens are suspects in February gunfire, arrest on charges of assault with intent to murder
Two teens were taken into custody Saturday in connection with a Feb. 15 gunfire incident in The Port neighborhood, police said.
The two suspects – a 16-year-old boy out of Somerville and a 17-year-old boy out of Lynn – were arrested on warrants out of Cambridge District Court, according to an email sent Saturday by police. The teens face charges of assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, and possession of a firearm or ammunition without an FID Card.
“We continue to be hyper-focused on curtailing gun violence in our city,” police commissioner Christine Elow said in a press release. “It is incredibly sad to see teenagers locally and around the region resorting to guns. Collectively, we need to wrap our arms around those that are struggling and need help – particularly the young people in our communities.”
Gunshots were heard on Windsor Street near Harvard Street at 7:21 p.m. Feb. 15, police said. The Fletcher Maynard Academy, a K-5 public school, is at the same intersection. After firing the shots, the two suspects reportedly escaped through nearby backyards.
Police discovered four residential buildings had been hit by gunfire, and an investigation found more than 10 shell casings and several rounds of ammunition. There were no victims from the shots fired, a pattern for such incidents: There were 14 like it in 2021, of which nine took place in The Port; there have been 11 victimless gunfire incidents so far this year out of 13 total, and four of the victimless incidents were in The Port.
Eight suspects have been arrested in connection with shootings and gunshot-related incidents that have taken place in Cambridge this year, said Jeremy Warnick, director of communications and media relations for Cambridge police.
So us this more of the gang conflicts that the police department spent several decades pretending didn’t exist ?