A teenage student was killed and three others were injured in a shooting at a pizza restaurant, situated near a high school in the Boston neighbourhood of Dorchester. Boston Police said the shooting occurred around 1.15pm EDT/6.15pm BST on Washington Street near Jeremiah E Burke High School Wednesday (8 June).
According to CBS Boston, two of the injured were teenagers, while the other victim was a 67-year-old woman. The teens suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the woman's leg was grazed by a bullet. Witnesses claim they heard between two and three shots fired.
Boston Police Commissioner, William Evans, urged the public to "step up" and help authorities obtain information needed regarding the shooting. "When a 17-year-old is shot outside a school, we should all be outraged," Evans said. "Shame on anyone who doesn't step up."
The high school, along with the Lilla G Frederick Middle School, Dearborn STEM Academy and Martin Luther King Jr K-8 School were placed under safe mode while police continued their investigations, WBUR reported. Students and staff from the four schools were finally allowed to leave by 2.15pm EDT/7.15pm BST.
"The victim is too young to be gunned down in the middle of the street," Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh, said. According to WCVB, the victim has not been identified but friends described him as "a junior at the high school who enjoyed making videos and posting them to YouTube".
The death marks the 13th homicide in Boston so far in 2016. "One homicide is too many homicides," the mayor continued. "A mother and parents are going to be notified today that their son has been killed. I think we need to do more, and we need the whole community to do more."