BOSTON — The trial of a former Boston school dean accused of shooting a student is underway.
Prosecutors say Reverend Shaun Harrison nearly killed a 17-year-old because he was unhappy about drug sales.
Harrison was a dean at English High School in Boston. On March 13, 2015, prosecutors say he shot 17-year-old student Luis Rodriguez execution style.
Prosecutors say Harrison lured Rodriguez with the promise of girls and drugs and that he wasn't happy with the outcome, then allegedly shot the teen.
Rev. Shaun O. Harrison Sr. was the dean at English High School in Boston. In March 2015, he’s accused of shooting a 17y/o student execution style. Opening statements are underway. @boston25 pic.twitter.com/XOeWc35nRN— Malini Basu (@WFXTMalini) May 17, 2018
Boston Police Officer Brian Johnson says, there was very little time to ask the 17y/o any questions. Rev.Harrison’s defense attorney “ Did you ask him who shot him? Did he mention “the Rev.” Officer: “I had very little time to ask the teen anything”.— Malini Basu (@WFXTMalini) May 17, 2018
Witness says, that the 17y/o never mentioned anyone who may have shot him that night. Defense: “Did he mention the Rev, the Rev Shaun or English High School?” Witness: “No”.— Malini Basu (@WFXTMalini) May 17, 2018
Harrison faces assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery and unlawful possession of a firearm.
"He raises the handgun. Put its to the back of the victim's head. Shoots him, execution style, in the back of the head. The bullet goes through the back of Mr. Rodriguez's head, misses the spinal cord by a couple of millimeters," said Assistant District Attorney David Bradley.
In court Thursday, the jury heard the first 911 call made by a witness.
Witness: "He's bleeding really bad."
911: "Where was he shot?"
Witness: "He was shot in his face."
911: "In his face?"
Witness: "He's bleeding bad. Kid came running out from an alley, bleeding, said 'I don't want to die, please help me'"
The victim's family sat in court crying while looking at Rodriguez's picture moments after he was shot, thinking how they could have lost their loved one.
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