The 17-year-old juvenile suspected of shooting an 18-year-old Boston high school student on Tuesday morning will be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, according to a statement from District Attorney Kevin Hayden.
The student is charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three count of assault with a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and carrying a firearm on school grounds.
Police responded to Jeremiah Burke high school at approximately 9:35 a.m. on Tuesday. Upon arrival, officers located the victim lying on the ground suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center and officers located and arrested the juvenile suspect nearby.
The victim’s aunt told Boston 25′s Bob Ward that she was at the suspect’s hearing Tuesday.
“I came to court today because I wanted to be here,” said the woman, who declined to reveal her name. “I know they like to protect people because he’s a juvenile. But at the same time I’m here because they need to know something needs to be done.”
The Jeremiah Burke High School shooting, coming three weeks after another student was stabbed inside the school, has reignited the issues of school safety.
Hayden attended the arriangment and said more action was needed.
“I would favor whatever we can do to whether its intervention and prevention strategies, whether its metal detectors, if necessary whether its increases presence In schools. Whatever it is, that we need to do,” Hayden said.
The shooting victim’s aunt hopes changes will be made to protect students, like her nephew
“It shouldn’t take somebody to get shot to have police at the school today. It shouldn’t take for somebody’s parents to have to sit in a hospital next to a child that was shot for somebody to step up and make a difference,” said the victim’s aunt.
DA Hayden said no decision has yet been made on whether this case will be moved to adult court for prosecution.
The suspect will be back in juvenile court on Tuesday for his dangerousness hearing.
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