A MAN has been shot dead and another injured in the latest in a spate of gas station violence which has seen 11 people killed at the pumps in recent months.
Cops arrived at the Alfa gas station in Roslindale, Boston, at around 9.47pm Friday night and found two people had been shot.The latest violence at a gas station took place in Roslindale, Boston[/caption] One man was shot dead and another injured in the attack[/caption]
One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was taken to a local hospital, Police Deputy Supt James Miller said.
The man killed was later identified as Dreshaun Johnson by Heather Powell, his mentor at the Roslindale Community Center, CBS Boston reports.
“I still can’t imagine how this could happen to someone so loved,” said Powell. “Dre was a star. He didn’t deserve this to happen to him.”
“Still trying to process what happened myself, and all the youth leaders in the community are definitely grieving right now. This is a huge loss for Roslindale.”
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Miller added the shooting was under investigation and “does not appear to be a random act of violence”.
He added that anyone with information on the shooting should call the department’s homicide unit at 617-343-4470.
Those who wish to report anonymously should call the CrimeStoppers hotline at 1-800-494-TIPS.
“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: We’ve got too many guns on our streets right now,” Suffolk DA Kevin Hayden told reporters at the scene after having arrived from the scene of another shooting in Revere that had happened in the same hour. “This is a very tragic incident. One’s no longer with us.”
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The shooting in a place as public and ordinary as a gas station has “got to be scary” for residents, Hayden added.
“So far this year police have pulled more than 160 illegal guns off of Boston’s streets, including five loaded handguns from juveniles just this week,” he later wrote in an email statement. “Now we again see the destruction guns bring, with one person dead, another wounded and bullets flying in an open-air business setting with people going about their daily routines. I urge anyone with knowledge of those involved to assist the investigation. This is a societal problem that requires a societal response.”
The news comes during a spate of violence at gas stations as prices surge at the pumps.
On April 7 two men were shot at a gas station in Trenton, New Jersey.
Officers found a 26-year-old male victim on the side of the gas station suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, reports 6ABC.
He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Officers also learned of a second victim, a 23-year-old male from Hamilton, who had arrived at the hospital by a private vehicle. He sustained a gunshot wound to his calf.
Another two men were rushed to hospital after being shot in their Honda CRV at a BP gas station in the Bronx, New York City.
Officers say an 18-year-old and 20-year-old were sitting in a car when a man walked up to them and shot both of them in the arm before fleeing, reports News 12.
Also earlier this month, a man who fatally shot two people at a gas station in southern Indiana has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, police said.
Floyd County Superior Court issued a warrant charging Cherok Ameer Douglass, 37, of New Albany, with the new charges in addition to earlier charges of kidnapping and robbery, Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls said.
Douglass is alleged killed to have killed his wife and a customer in the parking lot of a New Albany gas station, Huls said.
At the beginning of this month a Florida woman was accused of panhandling hours before soaking a store clerk with gasoline, the Miami Herald reported.
Florida authorities said the clerk and a coworker caught on fire after attempting to put out a fire that the panhandler started.
Both clerks were hospitalized with one having life-threatening injuries.
The aggressor was identified as Betty Jean McFadden, 30, after being arrested near the gas station.
The Advocate reported that two 24-year-old men were arrested for attempted second-degree murder in Louisiana.
Isiasha Alijah Pierre and Kenani Guillory are accused of targeting two people at a gas station where they opened fire as the victims exited a silver Hyundai.
A Michigan man was shot and killed in broad daylight right outside a gas station by 22-year-old Joshua Carter.
Carter, who turned himself in, is one of two suspects responsible for the death of 46-year-old father of four Talal Shamo, according to Fox 2 Detroit.
Cops in Phoenix, Arizona, are hunting for two men after a 39-year-old man was shot dead at a QT gas station.
The man who was shot was taken to a hospital, but died as a result of his injuries, AZ Central reports.
A man was shot and killed at a gas station in Philadelphia late February after surviving gunfire just weeks earlier.
And a businessman in Kansas City was shot to death a few weeks ago at a gas pump, according to KCTV.
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Other acts of violence include another deadly shooting outside a gas station in Kansas City, and a shooting at a gas station in Memphis, Tennessee, where a man shot a woman before she eventually crashed her car and succumbed to her injuries.
And a white couple was accused of committing a hate crime after allegedly shooting and stabbing to death a Black Navy veteran at a gas station in California, CBS reported.
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