Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Two people were shot Thursday at Donnelly Field and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with non-life threatening injuries, according to a Cambridge Police Department email alert and scanner reports.

Police responded to multiple 9:39 p.m. calls about shots fired at the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood athletics field behind the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Valente branch library. The Frisoli Youth Center is behind the schools as well.

ShotSpotter technology in the area heard 13 shots, according to scanner reports, and at least six shell casings were found on the basketball court on the Berkshire Street side of the facilities – along with one of the two victims, a woman, 22, whom police reported applying a tourniquet on within moments of arriving. She could be heard shrieking in pain from her wound.

Another victim, 23, was found on Willow Street with a leg injury. He was treated only a few doors down from where on June 3, 2012, a drive-by shooting killed Charlene Holmes, 16, and injured Thanialee Cotto, then 17 – a crime that hasn’t been resolved.

Both victims are from Cambridge, police said.

After the Thursday shooting, a group of suspects was reportedly seen running away, with investigators looking to see whether they fled south toward York, Plymouth and Portsmouth streets. Officers checked at least one Plymouth Street backyard to ensure no member of the group who fired the shots was hiding.

State Police were on the scene and at least one K9 unit was deployed for a search, according to scanner reports.

Updates will be released as police learn more, according to the department’s 11:23 p.m. email.

This is the fourth report of gunfire of 2024, with the first taking place Jan. 25, almost exactly four months ago, at Danehy Park in Neighborhood 9. Like many of the city’s gunfire incidents, no victims were found – only shell casings that showed a weapon had been fired.

Update on May 30: A presumably temporary change in policy during a turnover in spokespeople for Cambridge police meant two gunfire incidents went unpublicized since January, though they were included in daily logs and in data gathered by the month for BridgeStat reports. The shootings were at 4:12 p.m. Feb. 1 at Pine and Washington streets in The Port, with no victims or ShotSpotter alert, but with shell casings recovered at the scene; and at 2:15 a.m. May 4 on Fawcett Street in the Cambridge Highlands, with again no victims or ShotSpotter alert, but with shell casings recovered at the scene and a firearm arrest made, according to police.