BOSTON - A man has died after being shot in the head in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood on Saturday afternoon.
Boston Police responded to reports of a shooting at around 3:10 p.m. in the area of 76 Homestead Street.
The victim, only identified as a man in his late 20's, was found lying on the sidewalk suffering from life-threatening injuries after being shot in the head. He was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Officials are actively investigating this incident.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said they are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect as this is the third homicide in the city this week.
Authorities said they do not have reason to believe this shooting is tied to the ones from earlier in the week, but are still searching for a motive.
At this point, police have no clear description of any suspects, only witness reports saying two men in hooded sweatshirts ran away from the area and possibly a car sped by, but no specific descriptions.
"We can’t be having these shootings – we have a playground right down the street – real brazen as you can see, we are canvassing the area and going door to door but we need the public’s help us here," said Commissioner Evans.
Commissioner Evans added that while gun violence is down in the city, there has been an increase in 2018 in the number of shootings that have ended deadly.
"These broad daylight ones are always troublesome, I think this was the third one we have this week, homicides so far," said Commissioner Evans, "That’s up 4 from last year - we had 25 last year this time now we have had 29 – as far as shootings, but overall gun violence is down, there just seems to be more fatalities this year.”
Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact Boston Police by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).
Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh issued a statement earlier this week regarding violence in the city:
"Everyone has a role to play in keeping our communities safe, and it is clear that our collective work will not be finished until the number of victims injured and families mourning the loss of a loved one as a result of senseless violence is zero. We will continue our efforts in providing meaningful summer programming opportunities for our young people to keep them engaged through the summer months, and will also continue working with victims of violence and those who feel like they are being targeted to make sure they have resources and support available to them. Our City is one of resilience and strength, and one that values human life, which is why I am asking for us all to join together to commit to doing all we can to keep Boston and our residents safe."
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