A young boy was shot in Roxbury Sunday night in a shooting that intended to target the boy's father, officials said.
Police did not release the boy’s age but he is reported to be about 5 or 6 years old, according to the Boston Globe. The boy was shot around 9:30 p.m. Sunday while leaving his Roxbury home on Copeland Street with his father.
Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said in a Sunday night press conference that the boy was stable and expected to survive. There was no update on his condition as of Monday morning.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, also at the press conference, called the incident a “cowardly act.”
“You missed your target and you hit a little kid. You’re not that tough,” Walsh said, addressing the shooters, while speaking Sunday night. “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.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.
“This should not be tolerated,” Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross told reporters. “And when we ask someone to step up and help us out, that’s what we should do.”
Witnesses saw two people who looked between 18 and 20 years old leaving the scene, officials said. Police are looking for two men, between the ages of 18 and 20, in a silver vehicle, who fired multiple shots from the intersection of Warren and Copeland streets.