BOSTON (WHDH) -
A high-level community meeting took place at Boston Police Headquarters Wednesday afternoon to respond to a deadly spike in violence in the New Year.
Three murders over the weekend in Mattapan brought the total number of murders in January to nine; that is one of the deadliest Januaries in recent years.
Police say they think at least four of the murders are related. Police point out that the number of shootings isn't up, but rather the number of fatal shootings. They say that's because more of the violence is coming from a new cycle of gang retaliation.
New police commissioner William Evans met with clergy and community leaders, in hopes to come up with solutions.
“If you're coming to church, which I hope you are, and you're coming to my church, right, and I say you find a gun in your house, you call me. I’ll get it. No questions asked,” said Fr. Richard Conway, St. Peter’s in Dorchester.
Mayor Walsh said police action alone is not the answer to the problem.
“We are working to try in the short-term deal with the gang activity. We are going to put some programs in place in the long-term that will contribute to reducing violence in our cities. On the positive side, we have collected to date, up to last night, 20 guns off the street since the beginning of the New Year. We are away ahead of the pace last year. We are going to continue to be aggressive out there,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
Analysts say this kind of violence, particularly in January, is troubling. It usually spikes in the summer months, and now city leaders are determined to turn the violence around.
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