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Boston police say three people, including a suspect, were killed and another hurt after a fight that started inside a restaurant erupted into shooting on the street.
Officer Eddy Chrispin says the fight began at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening at Same Old Place in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood.
The three men killed brought the number of Boston homicide victims this year to 69, well above the 44 slain at the same point last year, according to police department statistics.
Police said that a preliminary investigation showed that the three men were involved in a fight that resulted in stabbings and gunshots.
Described as Hispanic men in their 20s, the three were taken to area hospitals where they died. Two died early Monday while the third died Monday afternoon. One of the men was considered a suspect in the shooting.
A woman walking near the restaurant who was grazed by a bullet was treated for minor injuries and released.
No names were released and no possible motive was immediately disclosed.
The slayings shocked residents of the resurgent and diverse Jamaica Plain neighborhood.
"It's the safest place around," said Jean Nicholas as she ate breakfast at the Same Old Place on Monday, the restaurant's walls pockmarked with bullet holes.
Rose Sargent, the owner of Kitchen Witch, a store that's across the street from Same Old Place, grew up in JP and has lived there for 30 years.
She says she eats at Same Old Place at least three times a week and will continue to go there to support her fellow JP business.
"I think it's the kind of neighborhood where people rally to support local business," Sargent said. "You know when the economy is tough, people around here shop locally more. It's a good community in that way."
This program aired on November 22, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.
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