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Police arrest teen after shots fired outside Roxbury courthouse

A 17-year-old teenager who allegedly fired into a group of people standing outside the Roxbury Municipal Court on Tuesday was arrested by Boston police a few minutes after the incident, Boston police said.

The incident played out just before noon near Dudley Square, one of the economic and social centers of Roxbury. The courthouse is at 85 Warren St. and is flanked on one side by the Dudley Square branch of the Boston Public Library and on the other by the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club.

Within walking distance is the Area B-2 police station, numerous shops, the MBTA’s Dudley station and the city-owned Bruce Bolling building where the Boston Public Schools administration is headquartered.


According to police, the teen opened fire around 11:55 a.m. and fired gunshots in the direction of a group of people standing near the courthouse. No one was hit by the gunfire, police said.

The suspect ran off on foot pursued by the officer who witnessed the shooting incident and was quickly tracked down and taken into custody on nearby Greenville Street.

Despite an intensive search by police, no firearm was recovered.

The teenager is charged as a juvenile with assault by means of a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm with in 500 feet of a dwelling.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.