Rival gang activity is believed to be responsible for Friday night’s shooting of a 10-year-old girl who was wounded outside her Roxbury home, police said.
Police Superintendent-In-Chief Daniel Linskey said that police believe the shooter was targeting the girl's two brothers, who are involved with gangs.
The girl, whose injury was not life-threatening, was apparently playing outside on Creston Street with her family nearby when one man opened fire, Linskey said.
"People are not happy with what happened," he said, saying that community members are working with authorities to offer information on what has become a spate of violence against the city's youth. "Even the coldest heart has a visceral reaction to a 10-year-old not being able to play outside her house."
Three young people have been shot and killed since May, including the brazen attack by two alleged gang affiliates on 14-year-old Nicholas Fomby-Davis on Sunday. That attack is not connected to last night’s, Linskey said.
In a separate incident last month, 14-year-old Jaewon Martin was fatally shot on the Roxbury-Jamaica Plain line.
The shooting of the 10-year-old was the second on Creston Street; 18-year-old Terrence S. Kelly Jr., of Dorchester, was shot on the street in broad daylight May 28. No arrests have been made in that case, a police spokesman said Friday night. Police are trying to determine if the two shootings were related, a spokesman said.
Expressing his dismay at the string of killings, Linskey said it's up to the community to help police make changes in the city’s troubled neighborhoods.
"It's frustrating. How do you get into the head of a 16-year-old who should be worrying about getting his driver's license or being in a first relationship when he’s intent on assassinating a 14-year-old? How do you change that behavior? By the time the police are getting involved it's too late."
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