Three arrested in Common shooting

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Three people were in custody last night in connection with the brazen dusk shooting of a 19-year-old man near the Common’s Parkman Bandstand that sent visitors running for cover.Officers responding to a reported shooting about 6:47 p.m. found the Hyde Park man

Three people were in custody last night in connection with the brazen dusk shooting of a 19-year-old man near the Common’s Parkman Bandstand that sent visitors running for cover.

Officers responding to a reported shooting about 6:47 p.m. found the Hyde Park man suffering multiple gunshot wounds near the bandstand, police Commissioner William B. Evans said. The victim, whose name was not released last night, was rushed to Tufts Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

Prior to the shooting, witnesses reported hearing a heated argument between the victim and three other men, two of whom fled the scene on mopeds while the other ran into the MBTA’s Park Street station and down a Green Line tunnel.

Evans said all three men were later caught and were being questioned by detectives last night.

“It’s a very active scene, I don’t want to say definitely that we have everyone but I can assure you I have plenty of officers in the area ... no one has to be fearful,” Evans said, noting officers had recovered a gun by the bandstand as investigators with a police dog scoured the Common into the night.

The suspects, Evans said, were known to each other and to police.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh also stressed that the Common was safe but said he was rattled by the possibility that bystanders could have been hit.

“This is ridiculous tonight, someone could’ve been seriously hurt here,” Walsh said at the scene. “The shootings going on between groups of people that knew each other, they’re putting their lives at risk ... but it’s the people around them, the random stray bullets that go flying around the city of Boston, is what I can’t stand anymore.”

Yilin Zheng, a junior at Emerson College, said she was waiting for the E train at the MBTA’s Boylston Station when a man ran right past her and into the tunnel.

“It was so crazy, he was standing right next to me and saw someone coming and ran,” Zheng said. “I saw police coming down the stairs, so I pointed (into the tunnel). A whole bunch of police went after him.”

Brenda Coffey and Terri Cagle, of Carbondale, Ill., were sitting near the corner of Boylston and Tremont streets when gunshots rang out.

“We heard a ‘pop’ and thought it was fireworks, then heard a ‘pop pop’ and I said ‘That sounded like gunshots,” Coffey said. “Then it was ‘pop pop pop pop pop’ and everybody started running and screaming in all directions, screaming ‘Take cover! Take cover!’ I was terrified.”

A Beacon Hill woman out for a jog said she was running near the bandstand when the shooting occurred.

“I looked over and I saw a man fall,” she said. “I was too far away to get a good look at him. But I saw him fall.”

The woman, who declined to give her name, said she and her husband spend just about every evening on the Common.

“I run out here all the time,” she said. “I always feel safe. It’s so sad.”

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