The condition of a 7-year-old boy who was shot Sunday while riding his bike in Dorchester is improving, as police and the boy's mother are calling on the public to help find the shooter.
Divan Silva remains at Boston Children's Hospital and is listed in good condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Silva was hit by gunfire in the buttocks and underwent surgery Sunday.
In a statement, Silva's mother, Dijanira DeAndrade, said the family hopes the boy will be able to leave the hospital soon and called on the public to come forward if they have information on the shooting.
I am happy to report that my son, Divan Silva, is doing well and it’s our hope he’ll be heading home soon. I do ask the public to please help the Boston Police find who did this by coming forward and sharing any information you might have. If you, or anyone you know witnessed something, please contact the BPD immediately by calling 617-343-4500. The Boston police have assured me they are working hard to find the perpetrator and my family and I are hopeful they are caught soon. I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from family, friends and the community; all I can say is thank you and please continue to keep Divan in your thoughts.
Commissioner William Evans has also called on the public to come forward with any information on the incident, which took place near 296 Bowdoin Street.
I hope anyone with information that could help this investigation feels an obligation to share that information. The 7 year-old boy (Divan Silva) injured in this incident deserves as much. He didn’t do anything wrong. He was simply riding his bike to the store when the suspect in this case fired the shot that could’ve killed him. Our detectives are working around the clock to identify the individual responsible but we need the community’s help. If you have information, holding onto it only helps the suspect. Every little bit of information matters. And the person who shot Divan needs to be held unaccountable.
Police describe the suspect as a 14 to 18-year-old black male about 5 feet 8 inches tall and heavy-set. The suspect was also described as wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, white shorts and white sneakers.
More information on how to contact the police regarding this case can be found here.