A 17-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries early Sunday morning when he was shot outside a party on Castle Court in the South End, Boston police said.
Police responded to the complex of squat brick apartment buildings about 1:50 a.m., and emergency responders took the youth to Boston Medical Center.
Authorities did not identify the victim, and no arrests were made as of Sunday evening.
The apartment complex was quiet late Sunday morning, as a young girl rocked on a big plastic swing in the playground while men and women sat on benches behind their walkers.
William Scott, 47, said he went to bed about 8 p.m. Saturday and later awoke to an “argument — cussing, swearing, stuff like that” outside his apartment.
“We heard a ruckus, and the police came and dispersed everyone,” said Scott, as he wiped his car with a cloth Sunday morning.
He pointed two parking spots over, where, he said, police had parked the previous night. A woman in a first-floor apartment near where the shooting occurred said the boy who was shot was her grandson’s friend and that he had gone into surgery overnight.
“We’re praying for him,” said the woman, who did not provide her name and declined to comment further.
A 26-year-old man on the sidewalk of Castle Court who said he was at the party when the shooting occurred recalled seeing the victim on the ground outside bleeding from his neck.
“Walked back there, seen him on the ground,” said the man, who declined to provide his name. “It was crazy.”
He said the party was an indoor going-away celebration for someone moving out of the complex, and it was almost over when the shooting happened.
The man said he did not know who shot the teen or why. He said he was one of about 30 people whom police loaded into an MBTA bus and took to a station for interviews after the shooting.
“We took dozens of witnesses and interviewed them,” said Officer Rachel McGuire, a Boston police spokeswoman.
Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470. To report a tip anonymously, either call 1-800-494-TIPS or text ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).Zachary T. Sampson can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @ZackSampson.