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‘We need the public’s help:’ Investigation into 5-victim shooting continues

In the wake of a Dorchester shooting that left three adults and a 14-year-old seriously injured and an 11-year-old in critical condition Sunday night, officials are continuing to seek any public assistance.

“We’re doing everything we can, but this is yet another incident that cries out where we need the community’s help,” DA Kevin Hayden said in a press conference Sunday night. “There are people that are in this area, and we hope that someone will step forward and provide us with helpful information.”

Police were alerted to multiple gunshots in the area Ames Street at what may have been some type of family gathering in Dorchester via ShotSpotter activation around 8:36 p.m. Sunday night, Police Commissioner Michael Cox said Sunday.

Five people, including an 11-year-old and 14-year-old, in total were shot and taken to a hospital, officials reported. The 11-year-old sustained life threatening injuries.

As of around 5 p.m. Monday, all victims’ conditions remained the same, said BPD spokesperson Sgt. Det. John Boyle.

There were no public updates to the investigation, Boyle said, and no arrests yet made.

Trauma teams were dispatched to the neighborhood Sunday night, said Mayor Michelle Wu, and will continue to be available over the next couple of days.

“These are the evenings where it just reminds me we can’t move fast enough in working to make sure that all of our young people have what they need, that we are getting guns off the streets, and that we’re being very clear that safety comes first in Boston and that has to be in every single part of our city,” said Wu at the Sunday press conference.

The incident is the second mass shooting in Boston in less than a Month, following a shooting at the J’ouvert parade that left eight people injured in Dorchester on Aug. 26.

Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact Boston Police or leave an anonymous tip via the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).

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