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Two teens arrested for TechBoston Academy shooting

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Josh Kotler
Students at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, Mass. leave the building after a school day on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Photo by Josh Kotler / Mass Media Staff

On March 15, a high school student and teacher were shot in the parking lot of TechBoston Academy in Dorchester while setting up for a school event. The event created a ripple effect of concern and outrage amongst students, teachers, community members and Boston Public officials. School was canceled the following day to allow for the students and faculty to digest the traumatic event and seek out free counseling services at their campus.
Around seven gunshots were let out from a passing car, injuring the 31-year-old teacher and 17-year-old student. Both victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were brought to the hospital for care. 
The shooting was described by Boston Police Commissioner Gregory Long as a very “concerning and disturbing set of circumstances” as they began their full investigation. 
On March 26, after weeks of investigation, two teenage boys were arrested for the shooting at TechAcademy. One 17-year-old boy was arrested after fleeing the police. His attempt to evade arrest was short-lived. Whilst detained, the officers discovered a loaded 9mm Glock 19 handgun with laser sight from his person. After obtaining a search warrant, authorities found another gun in the juvenile’s home: a .22 caliber handgun with laser sight. 
Following the 17-year-old’s arrest, a 16-year-old Dorchester boy confessed his involvement in the shooting and turned himself over to the police, where he was subsequently placed into police custody. 
The 17-year-old was indicted in Dorchester Juvenile Court on the following charges: “unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.”
The 16-year-old will most likely be tried in Suffolk County Juvenile Court on similar charges. 
Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin R. Hayden released a statement on March 26, where he praised the investigative work that went into locating the shooters: “An event like this shakes a school community—and the larger community—to its core. But in talking to students and staff at TechBoston I came away convinced of their strength and resiliency. Now, thanks to superb work by Boston Police, the Office of Safety Services, and prosecutors from my office, they can gather again knowing that those responsible for this reckless act are in custody and will be held accountable,” said Hayden
In data gathered by the Statista Research Department, spanning from 1970 to June 2020, it was found that 175 school shootings were perpetrated by 17-year-olds, the leading age of school shooters, and the second highest age was 16-year-olds with approximately 163 shootings. 
Hayden also spoke on the age of the shooters, making the whole circumstance even more somber: “The fact that both defendants are juveniles makes this incident all the more sad and makes us all the more resolved to target the flow of guns onto our streets.”  
Mayor Michelle Wu passed similar comments, calling the situation “an unacceptable tragedy to see school community members affected by gun violence,” and remarked on the situation as “devastating that two young people are allegedly responsible.” 
In 2022, there have already been 14 reported school shootings in Massachusetts.

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Sean Liddy, News Writer
Josh Kotler, Photographer