At-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley today called for a citywide "trauma response" team of behavioral-health experts to work with friends and families of shooting victims to help them and stem the tide of retribution that often leads to still more shootings.
Pressley said the city needs to make "a strategic and formidble investment" quickly.
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) agreed, and said help is needed in schools, such as Madison Park, where one of this year's murder victims was a student. He said that the first 72 hours after a shooting is critical to help people and stem further violence.
He addded that while the number of shootings overall is about the same as last year, the number of homicides is far highter. "Sadly, the folks who are shooting are on the mark right now," he said.