Two men were shot and killed this afternoon in the parking lot of the Walgreens store on Warren Street in Roxbury, according to Boston police.
Police sealed off the parking lot of the pharmacy. The rear window on the driver’s side of a silver sedan involved in the shooting was shattered. The car was a rental and had Nevada license plates, according to Boston Police Superintendent William B. Evans.
Police were called to the parking lot around 1:30 p.m. today as students were being dismissed from Boston Latin Academy a few hundred yards away.
The Walgreens has videocameras and signs alerting the public to the surveillance although it was not known if the shooting was captured on tape.
Two women who arrived at the scene had to be led away following emotional outbursts. One woman rushed underneath the yellow crime scene tape police had put up and had to be briefly restrained by officers.
“I just want to know what happened,’’ the woman shouted. “What is going on? I just want to know!’’
Area residents were upset with the outbreak of violence, which caused traffic slowdowns and prevented people from accessing the drugstore while authorities investigated.
“The community is under attack from individuals who are out, for whatever reason, to murder each other,’’ said Omar Franklin, 51, who has lived in the neighborhood since he was a child.
Franklin called the shooting an act of “domestic terrorism.’’
The violence outside the Walgreens was the second fatal shooting scene in Boston in about 13 hours today.
Around 12:42 a.m. today, police said they arrived at an apartment at 41 Prentiss St. in Roxbury and found a man shot to death inside. A woman had been shot in the hand, police said.
The names of the victims have not been released. No arrests have been made in either attack. Police ask anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 617-343-4470.
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