A man suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot in the head Sunday night in the park across the street from Holy Redeemer Church.
Police officers from East Boston’s District A-7 station responded to a radio call for a person shot at 10:42 p.m. Sunday at London Street and Cunard Way. The exact site of the shooting was Lombardi Park across the street from Most Holy Redeemer Church.
When police arrived officers observed a large group of people around the victim who was on the ground inside the park. Officers saw the victim had a gunshot wound to his head.
Officers immediately requested EMS to the scene who then transported the victim to Mass General where he remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
Officers observed shell casings at the intersection of London Street and Cunard Way as well as ballistic damage to a home at 11 Cunard Way.
The shooting occurred after a large weekend-long basketball tournament was held at nearby LoPresti Park. The tournament drew hundreds to LoPresti Park over a two-day period.
The crowd that lingered after the tournament and present during the shooting was so large that police had to call in backup from the State Police and neighboring Chelsea to help disperse the crowd.
Rep. Adrian Madaro said his office is looking into whether the two- day tournament that ended in violence was sanctioned by the city.
Madaro has been asking for additional city and state resources to help curb the spread of COVID in his district and was disappointed a tournament the size of the one that occurred over the weekend was allowed to happen.