Man Injured in 16th Shooting in Boston in Last 4 Days

A man has been shot in Boston, making it the 16th shooting in the city since July 3, officials said Sunday.

According to Boston police, a shooting was reported on Winston Road in the city's Dorchester neighborhood just after 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The victim, identified by authorities only as a man, was located at 42 Winston Road. He was transported to a local hospital with a leg injury. Police say his injury appears to be non-life-threatening.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

This is the most recent incident in a string of violence this Fourth of July weekend. The District Attorney's office confirms Sunday's shooting is the 16th in Boston since July 3. Most recently, two people were shot in two separate shootings overnight Saturday night.

There were also six people hospitalized after a shooting in the city's Roxbury neighborhood early Saturday morning.

Shawn Brown knows the emotions of having a loved one shot and killed. He lost his brother "to the senseless violence" in 1993.

"Anger, sadness, guilt, shame. All because I questioned what I could have done," Brown said.

Sunday's shooting comes on the same day as the "Save Our Streets" event in Roxbury. The annual event is meant to raise awareness about violence and ways to improve the city's safety.

Brown believes talking about the pain, just as he did after he lost his brother, is a step in the right direction.

"I think it's needed in our community — to have these avenues to talk about their experiences that they're going through," he said.

Mayor Marty Walsh, Police Commissioner William Gross and Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins attended the event.

"When somebody loses their life, you get emotional about it," Walsh said at the event. "You're not a human being when you can't get emotional about it — especially when you take a look at usually the person that gets killed and the person that does the killing. It's over nothing, and it's frustrating because you're trying to say, 'How do we deal with this?'"

Gross said that most of the people involved in these shootings are between the ages of 25 and 35.

"What we need to do is concentrate on the age range from 25 to 35," he said.

Although there have been several shootings in the city since the beginning of the summer, not many of them have been fatal, Rollins said Sunday.

"I'm proud that we didn't have a homicide on Memorial Day Weekend. We sadly had a lot of shootings, but our numbers are significantly down with respect to homicides."

The number of homicides this Fourth of July weekend are down compared to the six that took place last year. 

After Sunday's event, Walsh, Gross and Rollins went to the hospital to visit an 8-year-old girl who was shot on the Fourth.

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