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    Shots Fired Near Public Pool

    (Published Monday, Aug. 17, 2015)

    A frightening situation in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood Monday for the hundreds of people, including children, who were swimming in a community pool when shots rang out.

    It happened around two pm near the Melnea Cass Recreational Complex.

    Boston Police say around ten shots were fired.

    "There was no really shelter for us to have," said Jaeda Crisp, the Camp Director for the Franklin Park Tennis Association.

    Crisp says kids, between the ages of 5 and 12, on the tennis courts had to duck.

    "We had to scream 'get down, get down,' and that was pretty much it."

    Councilman Tito Jackson represents Boston's District 7, which includes Roxbury.

    He says there were people gathered inside the arena for a post-funeral service for Angel Oller, one of the three people shot and killed in Roxbury last week.

    "You had individuals who still had an issue or beef with those individuals, and shoot up this place....We know that individuals fired in the proximity of the building and with several hundred young people and that just breaks my heart," Jackson said.

    Commissioner Bill Evans of the Boston Police says officers were in the area and responded quickly.

    State Police and Department of Conservation Officials were also there.

    Commissioner Evans says investigators are now looking into what the motive was for the shots fired, and whether or not it was retaliatory.

    "When shots ring out around a park around a swimming pool at two o clock on a beautiful day, we need that to stop," said Evans.

    There are surveillance cameras on the exterior of the building.

    Monday evening, no suspects had been caught.

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