Triple shooting in Dorchester, MA claims 3 victims

Posted on March 29, 2009. Filed under: mass murder, Massachusetts |

The gunman who opened fire on a car on a Dorchester street early Sunday, killing three of four passengers inside, may have been smarting after getting spurned by one of his victims who had just left a late-night party, a police source said.

The victims, identified by police yesterday as Shacora Gaines and Chantal Palmer, both 20 and from Brockton, and Anthony Peoples, 19, of Boston, had been at a gathering at 41 Mount Ida Road for a fund-raising event for a Trinidadian group long active in Boston’s annual Caribbean day parade, the source said.

“They are major contributors to the Caribbean festival,” said a neighbor, who requested anonymity. ‘’Over the year they do several fundraisers here. They have a DJ and play Soca music and sell West Indian cuisine. People come, they eat and they socialize.”

The neighbor said the parties are usually loud but peaceful. Saturday night’s gathering had an added purpose because the family who lives in the red triple-decker and hosted the party was celebrating the birth of a grandchild.

But at 4:07 a.m. Sunday a volley of gunshots rang out, smashing the windows of a white Nissan Sentra in the middle of the street near the home, and killing the two women who sat in the front seats and their male friend in the backseat. A young woman who sat in the rear survived the shooting.

Police hauled away more than two dozen partygoers in a bus for questioning and continued interviewing witnesses yesterday. Boston Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll declined to provide a motive for the shooting, other than to say that there appeared to be an altercation prior to the shooting. But a police source said investigators believe the shooting stemmed from the assailant having an interest in one of the woman he killed, but was rejected by her. More on Boston Herald

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