Early morning violence kills 1, injures 1 in Mattapan

An outbreak of violence on River Street in Mattapan left one man dead and another injured early Sunday morning.

Police responded to a radio call for a person stabbed at 227 River St. around 2:10 a.m. on March 27. At the scene, in the lobby of an apartment complex, police officers found one man who had been shot multiple times and another man who was stabbed. Police estimate both men to be in their 20s.

Officials pronounced the shooting victim dead at the scene, and the stabbing victim was taken to Carney Hospital in Dorchester, to be treated for his injuries, which were non-life threatening.

Neighbors reported hearing argument at a birthday party in an apartment, on the third floor, which then spilled outside and turned violent according to The Boston Globe. Someone reportedly called police as the people arguing moved outside, but the violence began before officers arrived. A Globe reporter spoke with a woman who found the two men in the lobby shortly after 2 a.m.:

Allysha Pierre, 20, said she encountered a shirtless man at the front of the lobby. He complained about being stabbed in the back and calmly showed Pierre a deep cut, she said.

“I can’t believe I just got stabbed,” the man kept muttering, according to Pierre.

The injured man pointed Pierre to a second victim, who lay face down and motionless on the floor inside a nearby doorway, she said.

The second man was keeled over, Pierre said, though at the time she presumed he was “passed out.”

There was also a knife on the ground, according to Pierre.

Pierre told the Globe she did not recognize either man and did not believe either  was a resident of the building.

Police have not released the victims’ identities, and have not made any arrests in connection to the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police homicide detectives at 617-343-4470. People who wish to leave an anonymous tip can call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS, or can text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

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