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Man Shot Over Boston Parking Space Saver: Witnesses

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    Person Shot Over Space Saver

    (Published Monday, Jan. 25, 2016)

    Police in Boston are searching for a suspect in a shooting that witnesses said occurred due to a parking space saver.

    Witnesses told necn the incident occurred when a man moved a space saver and parked his car.

    When the man who originally parked in the spot returned, he opened fire, they said.

    The victim, a 34-year-old man, is suffering from non-life threatening injuries, according to police. The shooting happened just after 2:30 p.m. at 69 Nightingale St. in the Dorchester section of the city.

    The police say the suspect is a 27-year-old man from the Dorcester neighborhood.  Although they do not have him in custody, the police believe they know who the man is. 

    Saving parking spaces is a highly controversial act that is frowned upon in some cities, like Chicago and Philadelphia, where police started a "no savesies" campaign online before this weekend's major winter storm.

    While the tradition is long-standing in Boston, last year, groups in Fenway and North End urged Mayor Martin J. Walsh to implement a clear ban on space saving. People are, informally, allowed to claim a space for the first 48 hours after they shovel it out.

    At the time, Walsh said of the tradition: "If it works, it works."