Boston Common Shooting: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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The Boston Police Department responded to a shooting in Boston Common on Tuesday night.

Police confirmed that a man was shot with “life threatening injuries” near 139 Tremont Street.

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#BPD confirming person shot (male victim) with life threatening injuries near 139 Tremont St (Boston Common). 2 suspects in custody.

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Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans gave an update to the media later Tuesday and said the shooting was not random and three suspects are now in custody.

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.@bostonpolice Commissioner Bill Evans says Boston Common shooting is not random. Victim and suspects are known to each other. 3 in custody.

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Police said the shooting victim is a 19-year-old male.

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Right Now: 19 yr old in critical- shot on common by other teens. 3 in custody. NOT random.. players know each other #WCVB

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A reporter from 7News WHDH-TV said a witness reported hearing five gun shots.

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Eric Kane

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Witness told me heard about 5 gun shots as he left the gym near the Common. People ran in all directions in a panic

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Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call 800-494-TIPS or word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Emerson College Told Students To Shelter in Place

The college is located near Boston Common. School officials sent out a tweet shortly after the shooting was reported, warning students and faculty to shelter in place immediately.

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EMERSON ALERT! EMERSON ALERT! Gunshots reported on/near [INSERT]. If on campus go to nearest room, lock doors & silence phone.

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With about 5,000 students and staff, the college has several buildings on Boston Common, including Ansin Building and Cutler Majestic Theater, both located on Tremont Street.

2. There Is a Major Police Presence in the Area

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Eric Kane

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BREAKING: Major police presence around the Boston Common bandstand. We are working to confirm details. Pic Credit: Marie Connor

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Mike Fahey

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#BREAKING Man shot on Boston Common – BPD confirms two people in custody. #7News

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Danny McDonald @Danny__McDonald

Police have cordoned off a large section of Boston Common after a reported shooting

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3. There Are Delays on the Red and Green Lines

According to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, there are moderate delays on the Red and Green Lines.

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#MBTA #RedLine: Moderate delays due to police action.

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#MBTA #GreenLine Update : Moderate delays due to earlier police action.

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Nigel Baron @NigelBaron

Sitting on train at Kenmore for 20+ min. MBTA says no trains beyond Kenmore due to police activity between Arlington and Park. #BostonCommon

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aleinad @rneiosis

my first time on the train by myself and a shooter runs through the tracks #bostoncommon

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4. Multiple Witnesses Reported the Shooting

Guy Ben-Aharon

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#BREAKING sounds of #gun fire in #Boston Common, people running away from that direction, and sounds of sirens. Stay safe, Boston.

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Guy Ben-Aharon

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#BREAKING: Arlington @MBTA station full of police – in uniform and undercover. Trains stopped both ways. #shooting#bostoncommon pic.twitter.com/4t5vcyEgcz

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Marmaduke Chuffnell @BaronChuffnell

Lots of police and a half dozen ambulances #bostoncommon

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Aaron Gallo @Novacharter

Person shot on Boston Common and perpetrator ran on train tracks. The reason why my train isn’t moving.

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Marc Rudkowski @inacubicle

Holy shit, there was literally a shooting as I was walking into Boston Common. Stay away from the area and stay safe

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5. Boston Common is Located in the Heart of Boston

Established in 1642, Boston Common is the oldest park in the United States.

According to The Freedom Trail Foundation:

Puritan colonists purchased the land rights to the Common’s 44 acres from the first settler of the area, Anglican minister William Blackstone. The price was 30 pounds, and each homeowner paid him six shillings. The pasture then became known as the “Common Land” and was used to graze local livestock until 1830. A town shepherd was paid “two shillings and sixpence per head of cowe” to tend townspeople’s livestock.

The 50 acre park is bounded by Tremont Street, Park Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street.

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