A man was shot as the vehicle he was driving was rammed on Massachusetts Avenue near Boston Symphony Hall in a Monday night incident police believe was gang-related.
According to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, a dark SUV struck a white one, which smashed into a parked car. The driver of the white vehicle was found inside suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was taken to Boston Medical Center in critical condition. His injuries are considered life-threatening.
"I just saw the white car swerve and hit the parked black car," said one witness who did not want to be named. "I was pretty shaken for a moment and I then I saw a crowd of people than the EMS, cops responded."
The victim, Evans said, is known to police. He said the two vehicles were "going at it, ramming each other" before the victim crashed near 333 Mass. Ave.
Evans also said that the shooting is likely gang-related.
"It's troubling, we try our hardest to prevent this stuff, but unfortunately when we have people that have a turf war run into each other it can happen anywhere, and that is why it took place up here," Evans said.
The Commissioner said he did not know whether anyone in the parked car was injured, but Boston EMS told NBC Boston earlier a second victim had been transported with injuries from the crash.
Police are looking for a dark SUV, but Evans expected more details after reviewing surveillance footage.
Massachusetts Avenue was closed between Huntington Avenue and Boylston Street as Boston Police were investigating.
Campus police at Northeastern University said in a Twitter alert that they were responding alongside Boston Police. They noted that there was no threat to the safety of people in the area.
No further information was immediately available.
Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police CrimeStoppers at 1-800-494-TIPS.