Wild discrepancy between two sets of crime data released by the Boston Police Department.
Two weeks before year-end, Boston has seen a leveling or drop in most major crime categories throughout each neighborhood, when comparing 2010 to 2009 year to date figures.
What's disturbing is that the homicide level in the city has exploded more than 50%, rising from 46 to 73 murders, thus far.
Murders in Area A (West End, Charlestown, Downtown, East Boston) and Area D (South End, Back Bay, Fenway, Allston/Brighton) dropped but homicides in Area B and Area E have more than doubled while Area C has increased by 50%.
E-13 (Jamaica Plain) and B-3 (Mattapan / North Dorchester) are the hardest-hit districts.
Why would this discrepancy exist?
UPDATE: The victim died; the alleged shooter was captured and is due for arraignment in Roxbury District Court.
Police have surrounded a building on Homestead Street between Walnut Avenue and Harold Street this afternoon, where they think somebody responsible for a shooting at Homestead and Walnut might be holed up. The homicide unit was summoned.
An argument on a 44 bus on Humboldt Avenue this morning ended in a fatal knife fight, according to the MBTA and the Boston Globe.
The Herald reports police are looking for four people who fled the bus.
The fight erupted around 9 a.m. as the bus neared the Trotter School, 135 Humboldt Ave. A nurse at the school rushed outside and performed CPR on the more seriously injured person, but he died, the Globe reports.
The Herald reports he was shot in the throat.
The man is Boston's 58th murder victim this year - and the third since Saturday. He is the 26th murder victim this year in Dorchester.
UPDATE: Boston Police report one of the shooting victims has died.
Woolson Street turned into a grisly scene around 1 a.m.; one of the victims is a toddler, Channel 5 reports. Police are looking for a silver or gray Ford Explorer. Channel 7 reports the adults were all shot in the head.
Two weeks ago, a man was shot in the shoulder around the corner; three men are sought.
Apparently stymied in their investigation, Boston Police are seeking help from the public to find Jamil Harmon's murderer.
Harmon was stabbed to death around 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 on Blue Hill Avenue between Seaver Street and Columbia Road. Police say "many people were in the area at the time that the victim was murdered" and are hoping anybody who saw something will either call the homicide unit at 617-343-4470 or contact the anonymous tip line by calling 1-800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).
When he died, Harmon left behind his son, Treshawn Boyd, along with his parents, two sisters and his grandparents.
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Boston Police report an 18-year-old shot in the head late Monday died today.
The teen was found around 11:15 p.m. at 9 Tonawanda St. with a gunshot wound and was rushed to Boston Medical Center.
He was shot about 2 1/2 hours after another 18-year-old was fatally shot in Mattapan.
The teen, not identified by police, is Dorchester's 25th murder victim this year (map).
The preliminary investigation indicates that this is not a random incident. Both victims are known to police.