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Chilling video shows shooting near park in Boston neighborhood

WCVB Boston 5/26/2023
Surveillance video shows a shooting break out on Shawmut Avenue in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood on May 25, 2023. © Provided by WCVB Boston Surveillance video shows a shooting break out on Shawmut Avenue in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood on May 25, 2023.

The terrifying moments where a shooting broke out in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood and shots were fired back at the initial shooter were caught on camera.

Surveillance video obtained by NewsCenter 5 shows a shooting that happened on Shawmut Avenue shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday near Ramsay Park, where witnesses said a baseball game was happening.

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The video shows a person in a red sweatshirt pull out a gun and open fire on a group of people that were gathered on a sidewalk. That person is seen running away and firing more shots while another person comes out from around the corner of a building, pull out a gun and then fire shots at the person in the red sweatshirt.

Multiple people were seen running for cover as the gunfire was exchanged, including a young girl.

The Boston Police Department said no one was injured in the shooting and that the incident is under investigation.

NewsCenter 5 also obtained video of a shooting that happened on a busy thoroughfare in Dorchester.

The video from Tuesday's shooting at the intersection of Gallivan Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue shows a person using a gun to stop a van in the middle of Gallivan Boulevard before opening fire on a car that was traveling on Dorchester Avenue.

The upper campus of the Henderson K-12 Inclusion School on nearby Croftland Avenue was put into "safe mode" for about an hour as a result of the shooting. No injuries were reported in connection with the shooting, but a Boston Fire Department crew and ladder truck were nearby at the time.

On Thursday, Boston police Commissioner Michael Cox and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu addressed concerns about violence in the city during a news conference that was planned before Wednesday's shooting on Shawmut Avenue.

Cox laid out the Boston Police Department's summer safety strategy during the news conference, including organizing programs with youth, connecting children with camps and summer jobs, and addressing residents' quality of life concerns.

"This is a safe city. We can be safer with the public's help. We can be safer by making sure we address the needs that people have here and I think, as a city, we're doing that," Cox said.

According to Boston police crime data, the number of shootings between Jan. 1 and May 21 are down this year when compared to the same period last year. The number of homicides, however, are up this year when comparing the same time periods.


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