One person has been killed and multiple people have been wounded in a shooting at the Burke School in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, according to multiple reports. Police are still looking for the shooter, who has not been publicly identified. Police say that three young males in their late teens were shot near the school on Wednesday afternoon and that one of the three shooting victims was shot fatally. One elderly woman also was grazed by a bullet, police say.
The shooting apparently happened after a fire alarm had been pulled in the school, and the shooting occurred as students were filing out of the building. Police at this point don’t know whether the fire alarm and the shooting were related in any way.
Police have confirmed that the person who was shot and killed in the incident was a 17-year-old student at the school, although they said he was shot at a nearby pizza shop and not directly outside the school.
“The community’s getting sick and tired of what’s happening with the shootings,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh during a press conference. “The victim is too young to be gunned down in the middle of the daytime.”
Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans asked for the public’s help in offering any information they could that would lead to the apprehension of the shooter. He also said that it’s not quite clear how the shooting took place, although he did say there has been no indication that it was a drive-by shooting.
Local news station WCVB reports that three Boston schools were put into safe mode in the wake of the incident: Burke, Dearborn Stem Academy and Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School.
Below is a live video from local station WCVB: