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Man shot in Cambridge; first responder on scene was cop on patrol due to recent Prius catalytic-converter thefts

Cambridge Police report a man, 33, was shot at 5th and Spring streets around 1:30 a.m.

Two Boston men were taken in for questioning, although they have not been charged as the investigation continues, police say.

According to police:

While conducting proactive patrols focused on a recent increase in catalytic converter thefts, a Cambridge Police Officer was in the area of Fifth Street and heard a gunshot. He then observed an injured victim walking on Spring Street towards Fifth Street. The Officer also reported seeing two vehicles leaving the area on Spring Street towards Sixth Street. He immediately ran to the victim and provided medical aid before Cambridge Fire arrived on scene to render further treatment. The victim was later transported to a local hospital, where he is reportedly in stable condition.

Following a preliminary investigation, Officers located two abandoned vehicles in the area of nearby Hurley Street. Two males, both from Boston, were also identified as Officers searched for a possible suspect(s). They were taken to the Cambridge Police Station for questioning. While conducting a search of the area, Officers were also able to locate a semi-automatic firearm on a nearby porch, a large quantity of crack cocaine, a knife and other evidence.

Police say that anybody with information on the incident can contact detectives at 617-349-3300 or the anonymous tip line by calling 617-349-3359 or sending a text starting with TIP650 to 847411.

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One of the most Cambridge things ever, but sure.

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