DORCHESTER (CBS) – A 4-year-old boy was shot in the back during a cookout at a playground in Dorchester on Monday evening.
The boy was transported to Boston Medical Center after the shooting at the corner of Talbot and Blue Hill Avenues near Franklin Field at around 9:20 p.m. He is listed in stable condition.
As many as six shots were fired at the family gathering. The boy’s mother was with him at the time of the shooting.
It’s not known who was targeted in the shooting.
WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports
“Anytime anyone is shot in the city, we’re gonna have a strong presence. But, this is a young person between 4 and 6 years old. It’s just absolutely not acceptable, and we’re gonna pull out all the stops to investigate this case. And again, we need the public to step up on this to send a big message that they will not allow this type of behavior to take place in this city,” said Supt. Bruce Holloway of the Boston Police Department.
A man was also shot in the leg. He is said to be fine.
Police said they are looking for two people. Two dirt bikes or motor scooters were seen racing away from the scene after the shooting.
Boston police are urging any witnesses to call.