Two people were killed and three others were injured in three unrelated shootings in Boston on Thursday.
Boston police said the first shooting occurred around 1:45 p.m. on Whittier Street in Roxbury. Officers heard the sound of gunfire while patrolling on foot and responded.
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They found a male victim in his early 20s with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Police said the shooting was not random.
Aerial footage from NBC10 Boston's Sky Ranger showed crime scene tape up outside what appeared to be a housing complex with several police vehicles at the scene.
The second shooting happened around 2:20 p.m. in Dorchester, police said, in the parking lot of a Burger King at the intersection of Columbia Road and Washington Street.
One victim's injuries were not considered life threatening. The other victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later died, authorities confirmed.
Aerial footage showed at least a half dozen police vehicles and police tape cordoning off the Burger King parking lot.
Several local schools were placed into safe mode as a result of the shootings.
Later in the evening, police said two more people were shot in the 500 block of Warren Street in Roxbury. Both victims' injuries are not considered life-threatening.
As a result of the earlier Roxbury shooting, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and the O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science were placed into safe mode for about 30 minutes.
Following the Dorchester shootings, Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Dearborn STEM Academy, Lilla Frederick Middle School and UP Academy Holland were placed into safe mode for about 20 minutes.
No one was allowed to enter or exit the schools while they were in safe mode, but students were able to move about the buildings. Boston Public Schools said the incidents caused minimal disruption.
Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call police at 617-343-4470. Anonymous tips can be submitted via the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word "TIP" to 27463.