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In a startling burst of bloodshed last night, six people were shot within two hours, and two women were stabbed, police said.
A man was rushed to Brigham and Women's Hospital after being riddled with five bullets at about 7:50 p.m. at 110 Hamilton St. in Dorchester, police said.
Homicide investigators were initially called to investigate, but the man, described as in his early 20s and listed in serious condition, was expected to survive.
Cops then responded to a reported triple shooting at 124 Harvard St. in Dorchester, where they found only one victim, a man who was expected to survive.
About 15 minutes later at 9:45 p.m., police located the other two victims on Shafter Street in Dorchester.
Two of the victims were grazed in the leg and the other was shot in the leg, said officer David Estrada.
Earlier in the evening, at 7:40 p.m., a gunman shot a 17-year-old male while he was holding a 4-year-old relative, hitting the teen in the arm and the tot in the back, police and emergency workers said.
BPD spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said investigators are looking into whether the shootings are linked, but have no indication other than their close proximity and time that the incidents were related. The names of the victims were not released.
Also last night, two women were stabbed in separate incidents in West Roxbury, police said.
One woman was stabbed in the arm on Maplewood Street, and the other suffered multiple stab wounds in a brutal domestic incident on Edgemere Road. Police said she is expected to survive.

I am shocked. Dorchester is a neighborhood where parents watch their children and neighbors watch out for each other.

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Reputed gang member arrested in shooting of 2 boys

Police say suspect is 'impact player'

Police have charged a reputed gang member in the shooting of a 4-year-old and his older cousin Monday night while they sat on the porch of their Roxbury home, an act police called a wanton disregard for the safety of bystanders.

Larelle Pratt, 19, of Roxbury, who police said has been an "impact player" in recent violence, is expected to be arraigned today in Roxbury District Court. He was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, being an armed career criminal, and operating a car without a license.
Pratt was first arrested yesterday after a traffic stop and charged with driving without a license. Soon after, police obtained a warrant for his arrest in the shooting.
Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said yesterday that the arrest was the work of an intense effort by local detectives to capture the perpetrator of what he called an "outrageous act."
"This is a case that we see all too often across the nation, unfortunately - a wanton disregard for the safety of these young children by gang members who just open fire in the neighborhood," Davis said. "We just want to make sure that when this happens people are brought to justice, and brought to justice quickly."
Davis called Pratt a career criminal and major player in violent street gangs. "We're very satisfied a dangerous individual is off the street tonight," he said.
But even more troubling was the shooting of two people who had nothing to do with Pratt.
Police believe the 17-year-old, identified by a family member as Eric Parson, was the target in the shooting, but said he is not a known gang member. He has lived here only a few months. Police would not say why they believe Parson was targeted.
More worrisome is the fact that Parson was apparently holding his 4-year-old cousin, identified as Farris Glover, when Pratt fired. Parson was hit in the arm, his cousin hit in the side. Farris underwent surgery and is said to be in stable condition.
The shooting was the latest instance of innocent bystanders getting caught in the crossfire of violence. On June 30, a 7-year-old was hit by a stray bullet when two rival gang members fired at each other. A man has been charged in that incident. On June 19, a 5-month-old girl was shot while in the arms of her father, who was also shot, in their Fairlawn Avenue home in Mattapan.
Davis has called for tougher jail sentences for gunmen who indiscriminately fire into neighborhoods.
"As dangerous as any shooting incident is in the city, when people who are not involved in gangs fall victim to this action, it's extremely troubling," he said.
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