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Boston Police Say Gang Member Shot 4-Year-Old On Dorchester Playground

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Officers search for evidence the morning after a 4-year-old was shot in Dorchester.

Officers search for evidence the morning after a 4-year-old was shot in Dorchester.

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston police are blaming the shooting of 4-year-old boy on gang violence. Police Supt. Ed Davis said Tuesday a stray bullet struck the boy while he was at a playground in Dorchester.

The boy was in the hospital Tuesday in stable condition.

“I think about the individual who’s responsible for the shooting of this four-year-old child. I hope he’s proud of himself,” an angry Davis told reporters.

Supt. Ed Davis Talks To WBZ NewsRadio 1030

In the meantime, Boston police returned to Harambee Park Tuesday to see if they could find any new evidence in the shooting.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

Contrary to initial reports, officials now say the suspects involved in the shooting took off running on foot, rather than on dirt bikes. Police say a number of witnesses have come forward but they are urging any else who may have seen anything to contact them.

Well known community leader Rev William Dickerson met with the young victim’s mother at the hospital.

“She was of course angry and she should be angry. She should be outraged and upset,” said Dickerson.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Mayor Menino vowed to use every available police resource to try and catch the person responsible for the shooting.

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