Friday, July 19, 2024

A Tuesday gunfire incident took place near Somerville’s Union Square.

Somerville police are seeking information about two gun violence incidents this week.

Shots were fired minutes before midnight on Summer Street, near Bow Street in Union Square, on Tuesday. The two masked suspects are described as arriving on the scene in a “small, dark-colored” vehicle before discharging at least 30 rounds, police said, citing bullet casings found at the scene. No injuries were reported, but the gunfire resulted in property damage to several houses and apartments.

Less than 24 hours later, police were called to the Somerville Campus of the Cambridge Health Alliance at 8:03 p.m. for a self-reported gunshot injury to the upper torso. The victim, a 22-year-old Everett man who hails from Somerville, is believed to have been shot under the Route 93 overpass near Temple Road in the Ten Hills neighborhood and brought to CHA by an acquaintance “who is being kept anonymous due to the ongoing investigation,” city spokesperson Grace Munns said. The victim was diagnosed as being in stable condition

The incidents are believed to be unrelated, police said, and a press release updated on Friday did not identify suspects in either shooting. Since Jan. 1, five confirmed gunfire incidents have occurred in Somerville, Munns said.

In their request for information, the department said officers’ presence has been increased in the Temple Road and Summer Street areas by acting police chief Charles Femino.

“Investigation of and prevention of gun activity is a top public safety priority. All investigative resources are dedicated to each incident with the goal of identifying and apprehending those responsible,” Femino said.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to contact the police at (617) 625-1212. Anonymous tips can be submitted at somervillema.gov/crimetip, on the Somerville PD app or by texting “617SPD” and the information to 847411.

The city’s Department of Health and Human Services is promoting its mental health referral services in response to the shootings. They are at somervillema.gov/support.


This post was updated July 1, 2024, with information from a city spokesperson.