16-Year-Old Is Fatally Shot In Dorchester While Riding His Bike

Police say a 16-year-old boy shot to death while riding his bike was apparently targeted by two young men who remain on the loose.

The victim, whose name has not been made public, was shot just before 8 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Washington and Fuller streets in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. The boy was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police Commissioner William Evans said the shooting wasn't random and "we can't tolerate a 16-year-old being shot down while he's out riding his bike."

"I just hope anyone who knows who could be responsible, that they step up to the plate and help us get this guy," Evans told WBUR.

“We have to get the message out to young people that life is valuable," Mayor Marty Walsh told The Boston Herald. "We’ve done a lot of good things in 18 months as mayor of the city of Boston, but when a 16-year-old boy loses his life, you start all over again.”

Officers are looking for two suspects, both black males in their late teens or early 20s, wearing green hooded sweatshirts and seen fleeing the area on foot.

One suspect had on a white undershirt, jeans, and sneakers with yellow on the sole. The other was wearing light-colored baggy cargo shorts, dark sneakers, and a green baseball cap. Police are seeking the public's assistance with the investigation.

Evans says this is the city's 11th killing this year and the second person shot while riding a bike in recent weeks, most recently, 7-year-old Divan Silva of Brockton, who survived the gunfire.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This article was originally published on June 11, 2015.



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