Authorities today identified the three women shot to death as they sat in a car Sunday night on a quiet street near the border of Dorchester and Mattapan.
Police said Genevieve Philip of Milton, Kirsten Lartey of Hyde Park, and Sharrice Perkins of Dorchester, all 22, were killed when a gunman fired at their car parked on Harlem Street. A fourth woman was also shot, but her injuries were not life threatening.
On Monday, police and city leaders asked for the public’s help to solve a “heinous” crime.
Two of the women died shortly after the 9:22 p.m. shooting on Harlem Street, which is on the Dorchester and Mattapan border. Another woman was pronounced dead Monday afternoon after initially surviving the shooting.
"The heinous crimes that took them are tragic and our city mourns with you," Mayor Thomas Menino said at a news conference Monday afternoon, speaking to the families of the victims.
Police are searching for a white SUV with a black roof and a custom light set up on the front-end.
Police Commissioner Ed Davis said authorities have collected a significant amount of evidence, but are looking to question the people in the white SUV as it was caught on camera driving away from the area at the time of the shooting.
"It's a very unique vehicle,” Davis said. “This vehicle is wanted for questioning."
Menino urged residents to help police in the investigation.
"The police and the neighbors working together, that's what it's all about ... It just can't be the police, folks," Menino said. "It takes all of us working together
Officials did not identify the victims or talk about their ages, except that there were no children in the car.
Those in the Harlem Street neighborhood said today that they knew some of the women in the car.
As uniformed officers and detectives in plain clothes walked slowly up Harlem Street in a line sweeping for evidence, Jeff stood on his porch and recalled the victims.
"They were friendly. They would talk to you," said Jeff, who did not want to give his last name. "They type of people that are doing this are cowards. How do you go on and shoot four girls in a drive-by?"
Davis said the investigation is still ongoing, but that police have reason to believe the shooting was not random. Some of the women’s relatives are gang-related, he said.
Menino said city human resources were being deployed to the neighborhood and three streetworkers could be seen at the end of the street this afternoon.
Metro reported yesterday on another shooting that occurred earlier Sunday.
A man in his 30s was killed and three other men in their 20s were injured during a shooting at about 3:15 a.m. in Roslindale.
No arrests have been made in either shooting.
Anyone with information can call 617-343-4470.