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Police searching for gunman who killed teen on bike

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Investigators are on the hunt for a killer who gunned down a teenage boy who was riding his bike in Dorchester Wednesday night.

The Boston Police put out a public call asking for information about the shooting, which occurred just before 8 p.m. on Washington Street near Fuller street.

The boy, 16, was found in the street with gunshot woulds. He was taken to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police said they are looking for two men, described as black and in their late teens or early twenties, wearing green hoodies who fled the Washington Street area on foot towards Mora Street.

“We are combing the area looking for witnesses and looking for the public’s cooperation,” Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans said in a statement on thedepartment’s blog.

“Everybody should be outraged when a 16-year-old on his bike gets shot.”

Mayor Marty Walsh stopped by the murder scene, where a memorial had sprung up, to implore members of the community to help with the investigation.

Investigators are looking into whether the shooting was gang-related, according to Rachel McGuire, a Boston police spokeswoman. They declined to release the victim’s identity since he was a minor.

About two weeks ago, 7-year-old Divan Silva was hit by a bullet in his thigh while riding his bike in the same neighborhood. Silva is recovering, police said.

The teen’s death is the 11th homicide in Boston so far this year, police said, compared with 24 homicides at this time last year.

The BPD Homicide Unit are investigating the facts and circumstances. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Detectives at 617-343-4470.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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