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Five shot, including 11-year-old, in Franklin Field development

Police swarming Ames Street

Police swarm Ames Street. Photo by Gavin Schoch.

Five people were shot - including a 14-year-old shot in the ankle and an 11-year-old - on Ames Street in the Franklin Field development around 8:40 p.m., Boston Area Public Safety Alerts and Stanley Staco report.

Four victims were found behind 50 Ames St., near Ames Way, one victim was found inside 70 Ames Street.

Staco reports that more than a dozen spent rounds were found about a block away on Stratton Street. Shell casings were also found in an alley between 70 and 80 Ames St.

The homicide unit was called in due to the severity of at least one victim's condition.



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It's really difficult remaining in the city, especially with children.
Shootings, vandalism, robberies, shitty schools. Ugh

I hope everyone survives and they catch the shooters, but even if they do odds are they'll be released to terrorize again.


Tom Menino is rolling over in his grave. C'mon Mayor Wu, please come up with a better plan. The cities youth deserve a better future :(


But not on substance (so far)
But I'm not putting this just on the Mayor, our problems are many and on the shoulders of many who don't even live in troubled areas of the city. I don't pretend to know how to fix everything, and out of control violent young people is not really a government problem, it's a family problem.
However, education and policing is definitely the governments responsibility


Tom never did anything, oh you mean he did the ice cream trucks that changed everything.


There were 75 homicides in Boston in 2005. Menino's solution was to bully store owners to stop selling "Stop Snitching" t-shirts

Didn't work, there were 73 in 2006, 66 in 2007. 74 in 2010. 62 in 2011.

There were 41 in 2022, 25 so far this year.

As for high rents and home prices, that's because Menino put the neighborhood NIMBYs in control and little was built during his regime. Twenty years of stagnation.

Walsh and Wu have had to play catch-up with demand.


IIRC, wasn't Menino a national leader in developing income-restricted housing? He started requiring developers to include affordable units if they needed zoning relief (part of the reason zoning was kept low no doubt). I would google this for you (but I'm late for class) but I think Boston now has a higher percentage of affordable housing than anywhere else. The rise of neighborhood groups was likely a response to urban renewal and the disconnect with City Hall, hence the populist style of Mayor Flynn (see A People's History of the New Boston). As for the murder rates, all true, but at that time the whole country was still going through the crack cocaine epidemic so...


Maybe someone can point to something else, but I believe that the affordable units were more of a tool for the developers to get around the city's zoning process than anything that Menino was a leader on.



His contributions to Boston were significant and he was very popular uniting the city. He wasn't perfect but did oversee Boston during a huge drop in crime.

During Menino's tenure, crime in Boston fell to record lows, and the city came to rank among the United States' safest large cities.[62] Boston's violent crime rate fell from 1,957.7 in 1993, to 845.2 in 2011.[63]

Menino took office amid the "Boston Miracle", a successful joint effort by police, churches, and neighborhood groups which worked to decrease youth-on-youth violence.[64] At the start of his tenure, Boston was experiencing a 29-month long period in which no teenagers were murdered in the city. This ended on December 11, 1997, when a sixteen year old was murdered in Dorcester.[5] Menino supported Operation Ceasefire,[65] which is credited with decreasing homicide rate in the city.[64] In 2003, the Operation Ceasefire program received the United States Department of Justice's "Outstanding Comprehensive Strategic Plan Award".[66]

it's crazy that in many of these shootings "no one saw anything", so the police can't arrest someone!


Nor is she a dictator. If anything, Boston has largely avoided the significant rise in violence that's plagued most other American cities in the past few years.


Franklin Field. Every time I pass by I think of Kimberly Rae H. There are some good people there that I've known since I was a kid. But crime and violence continues.


Simply tragic.


I hope all get well soon.

Even anybody charged.

Mass Shootings and incidents such as these have been going on for decades. Grew up across the street and rarely was I allowed to play in the playground. It’s called poverty mixed with drugs and drug sales. Drugs have destroyed black communities which were so rich in community. Mass shootings, finally getting some attention 30 years later. Bring jobs, education and equality to Dorchester. My heart goes out to the parents and families of those hurt. Especially the young girl.


I think the "zone" admissions to the exam schools is well-intentioned, but misses the mark. In the end it is effectively "shortening the finish line" for some admissions (lawsuits to come). What I would rather see is a long term investment in education where those lower economic zones are guaranteed that kids get a seat in K0 at three years old including free before and after school care with additional tutoring resources.

When you have kids at five years old who are reading at or above the age expectation up against kids who don't even know their alphabet it's very difficult to close that gap in the next couple of years. By about third grade the odds of ever closing that gap are very long (and the kids behind at that age are less likely to graduate high school and often become the next generation of criminals).

Bringing more kids up to speed at that young age will also improve all of the high schools in the city when they reach it. The focus on the exam schools takes away from that systemic improvement at the expense of many kids in BPS and if the starting line of education is improved then the demographics of the exam schools should move towards being representative of the city as a whole.


it has only been the last decade that the gun manufacturers use the political divisiveness to flood the market with "last chance to buy a gun before the libs take it away" . Then those guns are sold illegally and every 14-year-old can pick up a gun like there it was coming out of a vending machine.


we usually don't see eye to eye cinnamngrl but you are spot on here.

My father and step mother worked for a firearm manufacturer in NH for over 30 years. I remember him working weekends because "they've asked us to ramp up production". He worked on two lines that are always minutes away from being banned (but usually are not).

Working long hours so they can sell more guns and flood the market.

So yeah you're right.

At Sandy Hook, the shooter used a gun made on a line that my father inspected, and my step mother sanded the wood on. Gross. I often think about how many guns came out of that factory in Newport that killed people in mass shootings.

I would have rather had the factory shut down and my folks... and most people from the town I am from... out of work than to ever see another person killed by one of these machines.


Overall I believe most Americans are becoming liberal and progressive. But the system is allowing a minority of voters to control everything.