Photo by John Wilcox
Police talk to a relative of a shooting victim on Wardman Road in Roxbury.
Four teenagers - two boys and two girls sitting on a porch just a few blocks from the annual National Night Out gala - were shot when a gunman ran up blasting before fleeing into the night, police said.
The victims were 15 and 16 years old, said Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Raphael Ruiz, who just hours earlier was among the thousands who crowded Franklin Park Zoo for the huge event which encourages city dwellers to take back the night from criminals.
Ruiz said two of the victims were taken to the pediatric unit at Boston Medical Center, while two others were taken to Children's Hospital, where they were treated for gunshot wounds to their arms and legs. The wounds are considered non-life threatening.
Parents and loved ones of the injured teens arrived at the Roxbury scene and raced to the police tape where they frantically asked cops for information about the victims. Ruiz said the teens all lived in the area.
"It's my fault," said the weeping mother of one of the victims. "I let him come out."
Ruiz said police have no motive and little information about a suspect. "We're looking for a black male with a white T-shirt. That's all we have," he said.
Anyone with information is urged to call police anonymously at (800) 494-TIPS or text the word TIP to CRIME (27463).