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Student Shot Outside Boston High School, Suspected Shooter ID'ed, Police Say

New England Cable News 10/4/2022
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A student is in stable condition after being shot Tuesday morning on the grounds of a Boston high school, according to city law enforcement.

Authorities, alongside city and school officials, held a news conference following the shooting that happened outside Jeremiah E. Burke High School Tuesday morning in Dorchester.

"My heart breaks as a mom and as a resident of this city," Mayor Michelle Wu said during the beginning of the news conference.

Officers responded to 60 Washington Street for report of a person shot around 9:30 a.m., according to Boston police superintendent Felipe Colon, and police found a teenage boy, who is a student at Jeremiah Burke High School, with a gunshot wound.

The teenager was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition, Colon said during the news conference.

Sources tell the NBC10 Boston Investigators that the teen was shot in the stomach.

"Shortly after the incident, a description of the suspect was broadcasted, additional officers responding to the scene located an individual matching that description," Colon said. "That individual was positively ID'ed as the suspect."

The suspect is also believed to be a student, police said.

A subsequent search of the area led to the recovery of a gun, Colon said, who added that the investigation is ongoing.

"This is another example of how guns and young people don't mix at all," Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox said. "As a police department, we're going to work with our partners to do all we can to reduce the number of guns in the City of Boston."

Mayor Michelle Wu emphasized the community's strength and resilience during her remarks.

"This is a community that is strong, they have experienced trauma," she said. "What happened today —it's not okay. And cannot be the responsibility of just our school department to address violence in our communities. What happens in our students' lives, at home, in the community, end up coming out in our sacred spaces of learning."

Mayor Wu thanked the school staff who "acted immediately" in the moments that followed the situation, by reaching out to public safety. The mayor said the student was in the hospital "within minutes," and "all of the processes kicked into gear just as had been planned and practiced."

Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden, who also spoke during the news conference, said authorities will do everything they can to handle the case thoroughly.

"Right now, we are together collectively concerned for this community, for the students involved, for the administration," Hayden said. "And we will continue to do all we can to support them through this tragic situation."

Police ask that anyone who has information relevant to the case, get in touch with the department's District Two detectives at 617-343-4270.

The school is no longer in safe mode, and students are able to safely move around the school, according to Chief of Safety Services for Boston Public Schools Neva Coakley. Additional staff members are available to support students and staff alike, Coakley said.

"This is a school — this is where we should be coming to celebrate and be able to see the community that's here at the Burke and the good work going on in the building," BPS Superintendent Mary Skipper said. "And again, we have violence, with youth. Too many students, too many young people, too many guns in the street."

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