Boston Common Shooting: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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The Boston Police Department responded to a shooting in Boston Common on Tuesday night.

Police confirmed that a man was shot with “life threatening injuries” near 139 Tremont Street.

Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans gave an update to the media later Tuesday and said the shooting was not random and three suspects are now in custody.

Police said the shooting victim is a 19-year-old male.

A reporter from 7News WHDH-TV said a witness reported hearing five gun shots.

Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call 800-494-TIPS or word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Emerson College Told Students To Shelter in Place

The college is located near Boston Common. School officials sent out a tweet shortly after the shooting was reported, warning students and faculty to shelter in place immediately.

With about 5,000 students and staff, the college has several buildings on Boston Common, including Ansin Building and Cutler Majestic Theater, both located on Tremont Street.

2. There Is a Major Police Presence in the Area

3. There Are Delays on the Red and Green Lines

According to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, there are moderate delays on the Red and Green Lines.

Passengers could be seen hiding on the train.

4. Multiple Witnesses Reported the Shooting

5. Boston Common is Located in the Heart of Boston

Established in 1642, Boston Common is the oldest park in the United States.

According to The Freedom Trail Foundation:

Puritan colonists purchased the land rights to the Common’s 44 acres from the first settler of the area, Anglican minister William Blackstone. The price was 30 pounds, and each homeowner paid him six shillings. The pasture then became known as the “Common Land” and was used to graze local livestock until 1830. A town shepherd was paid “two shillings and sixpence per head of cowe” to tend townspeople’s livestock.

The 50 acre park is bounded by Tremont Street, Park Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street.

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