Boston Mayor Marty Walsh expressed frustration Sunday that there wasn’t more public outrage over a shooting involving a 7-year-old boy who was simply riding his bike in a Dorchester neighborhood.
“We’re working hard every day to make sure we can bring down the violence,” Walsh said. “What’s sad is there’s no outrage or protest about a 7-year-old being shot.”
“There’s some protests around the country with police officers’ interaction with people, I think some of those protests, we need to start looking at our neighborhood and say, ‘what do we need to do to get the guns off our streets,’ Walsh continued.
The boy, identified as Divan Silva, survived the gunshot wound. However, the gunman who also shot a 20-year-old man during the incident has not been caught.
“This should not be tolerated. You owe no allegiance to anybody that would fire a gun brazenly in the streets and hit a 7-year-old child. If you know something, turn them in,” said Boston Police Chief William Gross.
“It’s such a sad situation and we’re asking people to be diligent and if you know any information just let the police know,” added Walsh.
People should be outraged. Though, not at guns or gun owners but at the scumbags on the street who would indiscriminately fire into a crowd of people. Bottom line: we need to get these thugs off the street!