Boy, 13, shot on way to Roxbury church - Metro US

Boy, 13, shot on way to Roxbury church

Police are still searching for the gunman who seriously wounded a teenager heading to choir practice at his Roxbury church Friday night.

The boy, identified by family members and church leaders as Gabriel Clarke, was shot in the stomach, according to the Globe.

A Boston police spokesman said yesterday afternoon that no arrests had been made and that police are still asking for the community’s help in locating a suspect.

Police responded to the corner of Homestead Street and Humboldt Avenue just after 7 p.m. There they found the 13-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to Boston Medical Center with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries, police said.

Doctors were able to treat Clarke and his condition was upgraded to critical but stable, police said.

Clarke’s mother told the Globe that she was at her own choir practice at Berea Seventh Day Adventist Church and noticed her son was late. She sent him a text message and shortly after got a call from police.

Clarke’s shooting prompted a call for prayers from the faith community for Clarke’s recovery and for peace.

There were 207 non-fatal shootings in Boston last year, according to police statistics. That number is three shy of the 2011 total.

Anyone with information can call 617-343-4470.

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