BPD Continues to Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to the Shooting of 7 Year-Old Boy in Dorchester; Commissioner Evans Urges Community Members to Step Up

BPD Continues to Seek Public’s Help in Efforts to Identify Suspect Wanted in Connection to the Shooting of 7 Year-Old Boy in Dorchester, Commissioner Evans Urges Community Members to Step Up: At about 4:16pm, on Sunday, May 24, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 296 Bowdoin Street. On arrival, officers located a 7 year-old boy suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his rear thigh. The young boy was struck by an apparent stray bullet as he rode his bike on the sidewalk. The boy was transported to the Boston Children’s Hospital where he is recovering from his injuries. A second victim, a 20 year-old male, was also treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively and aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking for the public’s help in efforts to identify the individual responsible for this shooting. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 14 – 18 years of age, about 5'8" tall, heavy set, wearing a red hooded sweat shirt, white shorts, and white sneakers.

Said Commissioner Evans: “I hope anyone with information that could help this investigation feels an obligation to share that information. The 7 year-old boy (Divan Silva) injured in this incident deserves as much. He didn’t do anything wrong. He was simply riding his bike to the store when the suspect in this case fired the shot that could’ve killed him. Our detectives are working around the clock to identify the individual responsible but we need the community’s help.  If you have information, holding onto it only helps the suspect. Every little bit of information matters. And the person who shot Divan needs to be held accountable.”      

Anyone with information relative to this incident is strongly asked to contact District C-11 detectives at (617) 343-4335.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.