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Parking officers shot at in Dorchester Tuesday morning

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DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - Two parking enforcement officers were shot at in Dorchester Tuesday morning while out writing tickets.

7News was the first network to have the story.

The duo was writing tickets for vehicles that were parked in violation of the street sweeping ban when their van was hit by at least one gun shot.

“The bullet penetrated the windshield of the van and one of our officers, a 22-year veteran of the department, was hit by flying glass in her eye,” Jim Durkin, a union representative, said.

It happened just after 1 a.m. on Washington Street in Dorchester.  The Boston Police Department is investigating but so far there have been no arrests.

“The city is a safe city for the most part. I have to look into that. The police are doing an ongoing investigation to see what happened there,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.

Union officials say they are furious and are demanding that something be done, as this is reportedly not the first time parking enforcement personnel have been targeted.

"This is the latest in a long line of assaults on our parking enforcement personnel...we have here documentation of about 135 assaults," Durkin said. “This is the first time that somebody has actually tried to kill one of our officers. That is what we see this as. We believe that was a direct attempt on the lives of our parking enforcement officers."

The female agent hit by glass is expected to be okay and was released from the hospital Tuesday. The driver is shaken up but wasn't injured. Boston police are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call them at (800) 494-TIPS.

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