A new report on Boston’s crime surge makes clear that the city is pockmarked with hot spots, says the Boston Globe. In three, there were a total of 22 shootings, five homicides among them, in just six weeks in October and November. An internal police summary says that three of the city’s most volatile areas are Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan, Egleston Square in Roxbury-Jamaica Plain, and a large section of Lower Roxbury. Police Superintendent Robert Dunford said the department plans to flood problem areas with officers and to work with community groups.
So far this year, there have been more shootings in the police district covering Roxbury than any other district, with 13 of the city’s 40 firearm homicides and 71 of the city’s 262 nonfatal shootings. The district including Mattapan has also been particularly hard hit by gun violence, with nine homicides and 60 nonfatal shootings. Mable Graham, president of the Mattapan Civic Association, said violence in her neighborhood has worsened noticeably. ”It’s crazy,” said Graham, who said two young men have been shot and killed within a block of her home in the past few months. ”There’s just too many guns on the street.”