BOSTON (CBS) – An eight-year-old girl and a man were shot while at Mary Hannon Park in Dorchester Thursday night.
Police said the girl was shot in the foot and her injury is not life-threatening. A 35-year-old man was shot twice in the torso and was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
“It’s not acceptable for an eight-year-old to be injured in this way. You’ve heard me say it a million times, usually, these folks that are doing the shooting repeat violent offenders and again, electronic bracelets, stay-away orders do not work. Some people have to go to jail,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Gross at the scene.
Jayni Samuels-Hall lives across the street from the park, he said his 3-year-old brother plays there often. “It could have been my baby brother, it could have been anyone, you know, that’s not cool,” he said.
Police said the park was full of people celebrating the Fourth of July.
“The fireworks made it very confusing for everyone who was out there,” said Samuels-Hall. “Everybody was grabbing their kids.”
Tyrone Davis and his son were nearby for the Independence Day celebration when it all happened.
“That’s when we started hearing more firecrackers and then the BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM. When I heard that, I looked over and realized the guy wasn’t moving,” Davis said.
It is unclear if the girl and man are related.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.