Violent Fourth Of July Weekend Sees 16 Shot Over 4 Days In Boston

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Sixteen people have been shot in Boston in the four days since the Fourth of July.

That's not a statistic Mayor Marty Walsh welcomes.

Walsh says it seems to happen every Fourth of July weekend—and that, while younger people often get the blame, it's adults who are often behind the trigger.

"We're asking people to take some responsibility for themselves—the folks that are causing this violence, take some responsibility for themselves," Walsh said. "You're not a kid, you're not a teenager."

The mayor said his administration is trying to combat the violence by creating opportunities in the form of jobs.

"We've done a lot of that this year with our summer programs—I'm not talking for teenagers, I'm talking adults—so we're gonna continue to do that and continue to reach out to those neighborhoods and let them know we support them," Walsh said.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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