Mayor condemns Boston Common violence: 'life is too valuable'

by: Michael Henrich Updated:

BOSTON - A 19-year-old is in critical condition after a shooting Tuesday night on Boston Common.

According to police, several shots were heard right before 7 p.m. on the edge of the country’s oldest public park.

Though police initially called the three people suspects. Police later called them ‘persons of interest.’ Boston police say the three who were taken into custody were questioned and released. No one has been arrested as of Wednesday morning.

People all around the Parkman Bandstand ran for their lives when they started seeing and hearing gunshots.

Boston police say witnesses pointed out three males fleeing the scene just before 7 p.m., two were on mopeds and one on foot.

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A witness recorded video of Boston police following one of them into the Park Street T-stop tunnel nearby.

Mayor Marty Walsh declared the amount of guns in Boston teens’ and young men’s hands to be ridiculous.

“The shooting was going on between groups of people who knew each other they're the ones putting their lives at risk. But it's the people that are around them. The random stray bullets that go flying around the City of Boston is what I can't stand for anymore,” said Walsh. "We need your help, we need to get these guns off the street. We need to tell these kids ... life is too valuable."

A 19-year-old Hyde Park man was left critically injured in the shooting.

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