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Families of Weekend Shooting Victims Speak

They were only 15 minutes and one mile apart

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    The affected families spoke out after two people were shot in seperate incidents in Boston on Saturday night. (Published Monday, June 26, 2017)

    Two major shootings happened over the course of Saturday night in Boston, according to police. They were only 15 minutes and one mile apart.

    "I can't believe I'm saying, 'I'm thankful my sister got shot in the shoulder and didn't die,'" said Jessica Pomales, the older sister of an 8-year-old hit by two bullets in her Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

    One of the bullets grazed the girl's stomach, while the other one lodged in her shoulder - where it still remains as of now. She's hospitalized but in good condition.

    The girl was outside with her mother when gunfire ripped through the night. Police said 15 rounds were fired from a car on Heath Street.

    "When she showed me," said Pomales of her sister's wounds, miming touching the girl and then looking at her hand, "I go like this to her and blood come out on my fingers."

    The night's second shooting occurred on Bragdon Street, where a 25-year-old man was struck and injured.

    "I heard gunshots and then I heard him screaming, 'mom, mom,'" said Gimarry Collaco, the mother of the victim. "When I ran downstairs, he was laying in the floor."

    When asked what her thoughts were in the moment, she said, "That he was dying. That he was dying."

    According to Collaco, the bullet ricocheted off her son's spine without hitting any organs. He's at the hospital but is sitting up already.

    In Collaco's son's case, as in Pomales's sister's, no arrests have yet been made.

    "People in our neighborhood have to talk, first off," said Pomales. "You want to call the cops because people are shooting and you have your children outside, but you don't actually give information that could be helpful?"

    Pomales said things need to change.

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