A 16-year-old from Dorchester was shot near Ocean and Ashmont streets shortly after 1:30 a.m. today, according to Boston police. His injuries were not life-threatening.
When police arrived at the scene in Ashmont area of Dorchester, they did not see a victim, said Officer Neva Coakley, a Boston police spokeswoman.
Officers spoke with two men who said they had just arrived home near the site and had not seen or heard any signs of a shooting. They said, however, they had seen a large group of males minutes earlier, when they pulled into the parking lot of the Tedeschi Food Shop at 1886 Dorchester Ave., two blocks away.
One of the males ran up to them and told them to leave immediately, which raised their suspicions, Coakley said.
After speaking with the two men, police found the 16-year-old near the corner of Washington and Ashmont streets, three blocks from the reported shooting site. He was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“We’re not sure if the males [in the group] were associated with this or not,” Coakley said.
Police had not arrested any suspects in the case by early this afternoon, Coakley said.
As of June 3, the most recently available data, there had been 81 non-fatal shootings and 16 homicides by firearm in Boston this year, according to Boston Police Department statistics.
In 2012, there were 66 non-fatal shootings and 12 homicides involving a firearm between Jan. 1 and June 3.Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at email@example.com.