Friday, July 19, 2024

The fifth gunfire incident of the year for Cambridge took place at around 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, fitting a pattern from past years: in The Port neighborhood, with no victims reported.

Police got multiple calls about the sounds of shots fired at Newtowne Court public housing, police spokesperson Robert Goulston said in a Thursday email. It was unclear if ShotSpotter technology also heard the gunfire.

Several shell casings were later found in the area by detectives, Goulston said. According to scanner reports, witnesses reported seeing a man dressed in all black except for his white sneakers fire shots into the air, then flee toward Windsor Street. Some said there were two men together who ran toward Main Street, got into an SUV and drove away.

The last such incident in The Port was Feb. 1 at Pine and Washington streets; they were more common last year, when five of the year’s six took place in The Port, and in 2022, when the neighborhood saw four of the year’s 14 gunfire incidents.

Among this year’s five, only one involved the shooting of victims: the May 23 violence on the basketball court at Donnelly Field in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood, for which two people have been arrested – including one of the shooting victims, who is accused of taking part in an exchange of gunfire. 

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