Brookline Police seek one, or maybe two, suspects traveling in a white Ford Focus after three men were stabbed and shot in the Boston suburb Wednesday.

All three victims — described as men in their 20s —are in "stable" condition at area hospitals, Brookline Police Chief Daniel O'Leary told reporters. He said the victims were known to police in several communities, but would not elaborate.

Two of the injured were found outside near 75 Harvard Street, he said. A third was found inside an apartment at 198 Saint Paul Street, he said.

At least two were both shot and stabbed, and one was at least stabbed, he said.


"It is very rare that this happens, but by the same token we're ready for things like this," O'Leary said at the press conference.

The vehicle was described as a rental with a New York license plate. Witnesses and cameras at nearby intersections helped police identify the car, O'Leary said.

Brookline police tweeted images of the vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

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He said police do not know the identities of the suspects.

Police are investigating whether the two victims on Harvard Street jumped out, or possibly were pushed out, of the vehicle as it sped away from Saint Paul Streeet, he said.

Police are also determining whether another suspect fled on foot, he said.

In response to the violence, several schools took emergency precautions, keeping children at three area schools indoors. Police identified those schools in a tweet as Pierce Elementary School,Amos A. Lawrence School andSt. Mary of the Assumption.

The department also tweeted that officers would be assigned to each of those schools and that students would be released online.

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