Dorchester Teen Fatally Shot "In Broad Daylight"

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon in a residential part of Dorchester.

According to BPD, at around 3:40 p.m. officers responded to reports of a shooting on Topliff and Speedwell Streets, where they found a teenage woman suffering from gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.

"This shooting occurred in broad daylight," said BPD Commissioner William Gross at a press conference. "There may have been children, grandmothers at home that may have witnessed something. It's something that traumatizes you... Our Boston neighborhood trauma team will be available."

Gross said BPD has a person of interest and a firearm has been recovered from the scene, thanks to the community calling 911, and the quick response from police.

"My heart goes out to this family who lost a loved one today, and there was another family whose loved one is potentially going to be charged with a homicide," said District Attorney Rachel Rollins. "So it's a sad day, but we're working hard to make sure we hold the person who did this accountable."

Rollins said due to the coronavirus pandemic, domestic violence and child abuse call numbers may be down because teachers and other school staff aren't around to notice issues and report possible neglect or abuse.

"We know it's still happening," Rollins said. "We want people to know they can still call 911... We are essential... Even if courts are closed, we'll get restraining orders, we'll help you with DCF custody and other things like that. People should know they we're still operating."

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