December 14, 2005

Four fatally shot in Boston home rap studio

BOSTON (Reuters) - Four men were found fatally shot in a
rap music studio in the basement of a Boston home, police said
on Wednesday in the city's deadliest shooting in more than a

The killings late on Tuesday in Boston's Dorchester
neighborhood pushed the city's murder rate to a 10-year-high of
71 and marked Boston's worst shooting since a massacre in a
Chinatown social club that killed five people in 1991.

Police Superintendent Bobbie Johnson said the latest
shootings in the basement music studio of a home did not appear
to have been random and the area was not considered a trouble
spot. Police said they did not have a motive for the shooting.

Three of the men were found dead on the scene and a fourth
died in hospital, he said. Two were white and two black. All
were in their early 20s. Witnesses told police a heavy-set man
fled the scene after the shooting.

Boston has been shaken by a wave of gun violence. Shootings
are up 34 percent from a year ago. Firearm-related arrests have
jumped 38 percent in the 18-to-21 age bracket. Of the total
murders this year, 46 involved guns.