Saturday, July 20, 2024

A shooting took place near Harvard Street and Davis Street, Cambridge police say. (Image: Google)

A man was shot early Sunday in the third gunfire incident in a row at Washington Elms housing at 108 Harvard St. in The Port neighborhood, according to police and scanner reports. It was only the fourth resident gunfire incident of the year, and the second with a victim – but all have taken place in The Port. (There was a January shooting by police in Cambridgeport.)

Police responded to Harvard Street near Davis Street at 3:50 a.m. on reports of hearing shots fired – perhaps as many as eight. Minutes later, they heard from CHA Cambridge Hospital that a man had come in with gunshot wounds. That victim was later taken to another hospital by ambulance. The victim’s car was removed from Cambridge Hospital by police.

Meanwhile, police looked for a gray sedan seen on video speeding away from the scene of the shooting, possibly with significant front-end damage – like one spotted by an officer speeding up Massachusetts Avenue at Hudson Street north of Harvard Square by the Floyd’s Barbershop. MIT police, who were at a second crime scene set up at Tech Square in Kendall Square, said they had a piece of the damaged vehicle. The connection was unclear from scanner reports, but an MIT police dispatcher on Sunday afternoon said it was in relation to “shots fired,” with no more information available.

It’s not clear whether the car spotted at Hudson Street was related to the incident in The Port, police superintendent Pauline Wells said Sunday afternoon, and what happened wasn’t much clearer more than 12 hours after it happened. “Some people are not very cooperative when we try to get the story,” Wells said.

The most recent prior gunfire incident was two weeks earlier: July 2, when ShotSpotter technology heard 14 rounds fired from a high-capacity magazine, according to scanner reports, and police arrived quickly to find two cars shot up.

But it was Jan. 9 that two people were shot at Washington and Windsor streets in The Port and taken to local hospitals with serious injuries after being treated on-scene.

Anyone with information about the Sunday incident is asked to call (617) 349-3300 or make contact anonymously.


This post was updated July 16, 2023, with comment from Cambridge police superintendent Pauline Wells.