‘A travesty’: Young woman shot in Boston moments after attending high school graduation, police say

BOSTON — A young woman was wounded in a brazen daytime shooting in Boston moments after graduating from high school on Thursday, authorities said.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting in the area of 200 Pier 4 Boulevard in the city’s Seaport section just before 11:45 a.m. found an 18-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound, according to Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox.

The victim, whose name hasn’t been released, was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

Cox said the victim had just attended her graduation ceremony at Boston Collaborative High School in South Boston before she was shot, adding that there may have been “some sort of altercation” beforehand.

According to the Boston Globe, the shooter was wearing a cap and gown.

There are two active crime scenes where detectives are working and the victim was likely shot in another location before she was found in the Seaport, according to Cox.

“The event likely did not occur in this area,” Cox said. “It did not occur at the graduation...We want to make that clear.”

I saw people running I heard cars screeching,” said Camilia Pagan, a Roxbury resident. She was at the graduation ceremony where the shooting allegedly stemmed from.

I knew something was going to happen because they were arguing in the front,” she said.

Sam Miller was visiting Boston from Chicago and was sitting in a café when she heard the commotion.

“We heard everyone screaming,” said Miller.

She said when she looked outside she saw the victim.

“They were bleeding, there was blood, like, on their arm, I’m not sure where the gunshot was but they were pulled out and taken into the stretcher,” she said.

Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden called the incident “a travesty” and an “unfortunate incident.”

“To say this is an unfortunate incident is an understatement. This is a travesty, this should not happen,” Hayden said. “High school students attending a graduation on a beautiful day like today should not have to have that day marked with a shooting taking place.”

While no arrests have been made and police are still searching for a suspect, Cox noted there is no danger to the public.

“We believe that this is not a random event and the public has nothing to worry about,” Cox said. “We ask for the public’s support as usual.

A witness told Boston 25′s Joanna Bouras that she heard screaming and saw a woman being removed from a car and loaded onto a stretcher.

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“I would encourage the young person or persons involved in this incident to turn themselves in immediately,” Hayden added.

The shooting remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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