Boston Police report that a resident noticed a gun lying on the ground near a Franklin Park playground. The weapon turned out to be loaded and cocked.
The gun was found Tuesday about 11 a.m. at the Parquesito de Hermandad, across from 435 Walnut Ave.
"The Boston Police Department is grateful that no one was injured by this deadly weapon," police said in a post on their blog, "and reminds everyone, young and old alike, to never touch a gun and to immediately contact police."
Police secured the Smith & Wesson .41 Magnum and took it away.
Christine Poff, executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition, had this to say about the incident:
"Franklin Park is unfortunately used as a dumping ground, I suspect someone threw the gun out of their car or while on the run. We rarely have actual incidents of violence in the park, it's one of the safest in the city. But it's awful that a loaded gun was found near a playground where any child could've picked it up. It reiterates for us at the Franklin Park Coalition that we need more public safety patrols, whether police or park rangers, to safeguard the park - and all city parks."
[Editor's note: We added Poff's statement to the original post.]