Council to probe EMS response to infant's shooting

A City Council committee will scrutinize the emergency response to a Fairlawn Avenue shooting that seriously injured a baby last month. Councillor Charles Yancey is calling for next Tuesday's hearing as part of his continued look into the city's 911 system.

Yancey said police officers wrapped the baby in a blanket and rushed her to Caritas Carney Hospital, fearing that an ambulance would not get to the crime scene in time. A man reportedly climbed up balcony of the Mattapan apartment complex and fired through a sliding glass door, injuring both the father and the baby. The shooting is widely considered the result of a feud between rival gangs.

"That baby should've received immediate medical attention," Yancey said. "That is not acceptable. The purpose of the hearing is to find out what went wrong."

The hearing by the Public Safety Committee is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Ianella Chamber at City Hall. Councillor at-Large Sam Yoon holds a hearing later in the day on the city's Department of Public Works. Yoon pointed to a "steady drumbeat" of headlines and audit reports hitting the agency on waste and inefficiency, with no systems in place to monitor street sweeping and pothole filling.

"This hearing will conduct a thorough review of procedures at the Department of Public Works and determine how to bring them up to par," Yoon said in a statement.

Mayor Thomas Menino's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to Yoon's office, among those expected to testify are Denis Royer, DPW's chief, Sally Glora, city auditor, and Jeff Conley, director of the Boston Finance Commission. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m.