BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A 10-year-old girl is in critical condition, after she was struck by a stray bullet inside an apartment in Roxbury on Saturday afternoon.
According to Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, there was some kind of gathering in an apartment on Nazing Street, despite social distancing orders and a ban on gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.
Commissioner Gross said someone at that gathering discharged a firearm, shooting through the wall and hitting the young child in another apartment. First responders arrived at the apartment shortly after 5 p.m., and the girl was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
“You know folks, every day we’re talking about what we should do to prevent catching the coronavirus," said Commissioner Gross. "We’re in the middle of a pandemic... You’ve heard the Mayor say it a million times. No gatherings."
Commissioner Gross emphasized that the entire incident would not have happened if people would adhering to orders to stay at home and socially distance during COVID-19. Gross said a crowd had gathered after the shooting and tensions were running high, and that the whole event was very traumatic for local families.
"I'm always emotional, because a lot of these things can be avoided," said Gross. "I really hate when the entire neighborhood is painted with a broad brush because of the actions of a few individuals."
Although the suspect is still at large, District Attorney Rachel Rollins said an active investigation is well underway. "We will hold them accountable," Rollins said.
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