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Boston Seeks Ban On Motorized Bikes After Shooting

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Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is calling for a ban on motorized dirt bikes in the city, partly in response to a shooting in a Dorchester playground that wounded a 4-year-old boy.

Menino — who called the motorbikes loud and dangerous — said Tuesday night that the city will immediately begin enforcing a ban on the vehicles in city parks and will ask the Legislature for permission to prohibit them outright in Boston.

Initial reports said two men fled on motorbikes after firing shots Monday night at Harambee Park. Investigators now believe the shooter fled on foot, but police said the presence of motorbikes in the park created an even more chaotic situation.

The little boy, who was with his parents in the playground, was shot in the back. He's in stable condition.

No arrests have been made.

This program aired on June 29, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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