A teenager was shot and killed near Franklin Park in Dorchester Wednesday night, the Boston Police Department said.
At approximately 7:25 p.m., Boston police officers responded to a report of a person shot in the area of 28 Ellington Street. Upon arrival, officers found a teenager with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. His age and identity will not be released, said Officer Andre Watson, a department spokesman.
The boy was transported to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Watson confirmed that no arrests had been made as the investigation was still in its “preliminary stages”.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden joined members of the Boston Police Department at a news conference Wednesday night. They called on the community to cooperate in the investigation and spoke out against the widespread gun violence on the streets of Boston.
“Any time there is any incident of gun violence in our community, it is absolutely unacceptable, and when we see the loss of a life, especially a young child, we are all deprived of the potential, the life that was in front of this young person,” said the mayor of Boston. Michelle Wu at a press conference. “I am deeply devastated and I am here with members of the community saying we need to get guns off our streets.”
Wu said the city has stationed neighborhood trauma teams on site and will continue to provide assistance to community members affected by the tragedy.
“We need a response from the community,” Hayden said. “If you know of any information or have any information regarding this case, we are asking and imploring and urging you to contact the police to let them know what information you know.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police Department homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470 or help anonymously by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463) .
“We have to stop the violence on our streets,” District 4 City Councilman Brian Worrell said at a news conference. “And it’s going to take all of us, it’s going to take all of us here in the city of Boston to make sure that we come together as a community to end gun violence.”
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