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Two dead, two injured in Jamaica Plain restaurant shooting

Two dead, two injured in Jamaica Plain restaurant shooting
By O’Ryan Johnson and Laura Crimaldi  |   Monday, November 22, 2010  |  |  Local Coverage

Photo by Chitose Suzuki

Two people were killed and two were injured after a shooting on Jamaica Plain’s bustling Centre Street last night, police said, in a scene one witness likened to the “Wild West.”

One of the victims, described as a 21-year-old Hispanic man, was taken into police custody before he died, said Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll. He suffered from “possible stab wounds” and was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, police said.

A second victim, also described as a 21-year-old Hispanic man, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, police said.

Officer Eddy Chrispin told the Associated Press the fight began Sunday night at Same Old Place. He says the fight continued out on the street in front of the eatery and shots were fired.

A third victim, who was described as a 28-year-old Hispanic man, is in stable condition at Boston Medical Center. A fourth victim, who is female, was treated and released from Faulkner Hospital, police said.

The shooting started at 7:24 p.m. when a fight broke out and three men were shot inside the restaurant. A woman passing by outside was grazed in the leg, police said. One of the men shot was apprehended outside the restaurant holding a gun, Police Commissioner Edward Davis said.

“The initial report is all part of a fight and it’s all self-contained,” Davis said. “They are all here.”

An eyewitness, John, 45, who declined to give his last name but was interviewed by police at the scene, said he had just left J.P. Licks and had crossed the street when he heard about seven shots and saw a man fall on the pavement.

“It was really scary. It was like the Wild West. It was just like the Wild West,” John said.

Police cordoned off a large section of the neighborhood last night while homicide detectives rounded up a number of witnesses who were placed inside of an MBTA bus to await further questioning.

Patrols have been increased in the neighborhood.

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