Guns, gangs, and toddlers
There is often very little daylight between victims and victimizers in the mayhem caused by gang-fueled gun violence. Sometimes that is the case figuratively, with today’s target of a gang shooting becoming tomorrow’s gun-wielding retaliatory marksman. But it can also be true in a literal sense, as Saturday’s shooting of a Roxbury 2-year-old lays bare.
It happened just before 4 pm on Winslow Street. The little girl — whose gang-involved father is believed to have been the intended target — is recovering after sustaining wounds to her hand and leg. Her grandmother, Brenda Peoples, hopes any psychic wounds also heal quickly. “Hopefully, at the end, as she grows it doesn’t traumatize her,” Peoples told the Globe.
Today’s coverage in Boston’s two daily papers underscores the thin line separating those perpetrating gun violence and those victimized by it. The Globe story focuses on Peoples, her concern for her granddaughter, and her revulsion at the gun violence that is too common in her neighborhood.
Peoples, who is an MBTA bus driver, told the Globe she believes in the T’s motto about public safety incidents: If you see something, say something. “People should be willing to speak up and say whatever they saw,” she said.
The Herald story focuses on the fact that the little girl’s father was the intended target of the shooting, that he is a known gang member, and that he is doing nothing to help police get the bottom of the daylight shooting that could have killed his daughter. (The Globe story does not report whether he is Peoples’ son.)
“That’s a coward right there, Mayor Marty Walsh said of the father. “It was a gang-involved shooting, and they clearly were going after this young girl’s father and he’s clearly not talking to the police about it. I just can’t fathom that.”
— MICHAEL JONAS
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