A young boy was shot in the lower back outside 12-14 Copeland St. in Roxbury about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, but he is expected to survive, officials said.
Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said at a late-night press conference that the child’s father believed himself to be the target. The boy, who is about 5 or 6, was leaving the house with his family when he was shot. The child was taken to Boston Medical Center.
Evans said the child was conscious and talking, and that doctors anticipate the boy will survive.
“He’s in stable condition,” Evans said. “He’s alert and awake, and he’s going to be fine.”
Two people between the ages of about 18 and 20 were observed leaving the scene, he said. Police said they were looking for two men in a silver vehicle who had fired multiple shots from the intersection of Warren and Copeland streets.
“It’s sad when these feuds are carried out,” Evans said. “This is the reason why we need as many restrictions as we can, because the guns are getting in the wrong hands. . . . If people aren’t outraged by this, I don’t know what gets you upset.”
Police Superintendent in Chief William G. Gross said he was thankful to activists, parents, and others who helped tend to the child and get him to the hospital, and that now it is time for community members with information about the shooting to come forward.
“This should not be tolerated,” he said. “And when we ask someone to step up and help us out, that’s what we should do.”
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who also spoke at the news conference, called the shooting “a cowardly act.”
“It’s bothersome to me as the mayor of the city, but just as a citizen of the city, that a 5-year-old little boy who should be home in bed right now and getting ready for school tomorrow is at the hospital and potentially faces surgery,” Walsh said. “Again, my heart goes out to the little boy and his family.”
At the scene Sunday night, the blue lights of police cruisers flashed along Copeland Street, and a large section near the intersection with Warren Street was blocked by yellow police tape.
Shortly before 10 p.m., uniformed and plainclothes officers were visible at multiple points along the block, some walking slowly down Copeland Street and shining flashlights on the pavement.
Several small, yellow police evidence markers were visible along the street and the sidewalk on its north side.
Monica Cannon, who lives across Warren Street, said she had been home earlier and had heard what sounded like seven or eight gunshots. Cannon, the founder of a community group called Violence in Boston, said she had not seen any activity and did not know the family of the child who was wounded.
“It’s not really, really late, so people are still traveling with their families and stuff. Anybody can get hurt,” she said.