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Man shot in downtown Boston; police search for suspect

Police at the shooting scene at the corner of Tremont and Winter Streets.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Boston police and emergency medical services personnel responded to a report of a man shot at a busy downtown intersection by the Park Street MBTA station Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Boston police received a call for a person shot in the area of Tremont and Winter streets at 3:27 p.m., police said.

Boston police spokesman Sgt. Detective John Boyle said the victim has non-life threatening injuries and was rushed to a local hospital.

No arrests had been made as of about 7 p.m., police said, and there was no update on the victim’s medical condition.

Cellphone video from the scene, which was provided to the Globe by a witness who declined to give their name, shows a man wearing sunglasses, a pale green T-shirt, and ripped jeans who has a bloodstain on his right backside, just below his waist, and is kneeling on the sidewalk on Tremont Street.

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In the video, a plainclothes police officer appears to apply pressure to the wound with a rubber-gloved hand, while another officer helps the man to stand. A second short video provided by the witness shows the victim standing between the officers and then kneeling again as an EMS worker approaches with a backpack of medical supplies and begins to provide aid.

Some witnesses said they at first thought the gunfire were fireworks.

“When the first gun shot was fired me and many people thought it was a firework,” said a woman who asked to be identified only by her first name, Djamila, in an e-mail to the Globe. “Then another one came and a police man yelled ‘police . . . stop’ and me and many people ran to a nearby store and waited till we thought it was safe to leave.”

Michael, who declined to give his last name, was nearby and said he heard several shots fired.

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“It sounded like fireworks and people running,” he said. “Pop, pop, pop,” he described.

Michael said he heard someone say, “Call the ambulance, I’ve been shot.”

Police were combing the area for witnesses and ballistic evidence. Authorities were searching for a suspect in the area and on a Red Line train.

Xochitl Morales was helping guide tourists to Faneuil Hall at a T-shirt stand on Boston Common.

“It sounded like three to five shots,” said Morales, 27, of East Boston. Morales noted it could’ve been the echo.

Then, Morales saw somebody get picked up in an ambulance and drive off.


This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available. Globe correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed reporting.


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