2 arrested in connection to fatal shooting of Dorchester teen

BOSTON — A teenager who suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot in Dorchester has died, authorities say. Boston Police responded to the scene just before noon on Wednesday in the area of 6 Cameron Street.

The victim, identified as 18-year-old Kareem Garnett Jr., was found with multiple gunshot wounds and died after being transported to an area hospital.

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said in a news conference following the shooting that a teenager has been arrested in connection to this case. A press release by Boston Police further detailed that the teen arrested is a 16-year-old male who was found in possession of a firearm. A second gun was also recovered at the scene. The teen is charged with delinquent to wit, unlawful possession of a firearm, ammunition, and possession of a loaded firearm.

Police also arrested a 17-year-old Dorchester man and charged him with delinquent to wit, manslaughter, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500-feet of a dwelling.

“I can tell you right now folks, another shooting in broad daylight, we are not happy," Commissioner Gross said. "And this is not indicative of this neighborhood.”

Commissioner Gross added that there, “are too many guns on the streets,” but that Boston Police has actively been working with Boston communities to help take these guns off the streets.

“That’s the seventh homicide of this year. It’s just tragic. It’s a senseless daytime shooting," said Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins. "This is a vibrant community and it’s one to two percent of individuals engaged in this behavior.”

DA Rollins added that anyone who comes forward with information on the shooting will be protected.

“We will do everything we can to keep you safe and to try to get accountability for the family that we have to notify that their loved one is gone," she said.

Editor’s Note: Boston Police initially said the teen arrested was 15. This story has been updated to reflect the teen is actually 16 years old.