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17-year-old student at Jeremiah Burke High School ordered held without bail for shooting teen outside school

A 17-year-old student at Jeremiah E. Burke High School was ordered held without bail Wednesday after being charged in the shooting of an 18-year-old fellow student outside the Dorchester school Tuesday.

The student wasn’t named because he is a juvenile. A dangerousness hearing will be held Tuesday to determine whether he will be released until trial. The arraignment was held in Dorchester Juvenile Court.

The teenager is charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and carrying a firearm on school grounds, officials said.


“This is a horrific event in every possible aspect,” Suffolk District Attorney Kevin R. Hayden said in a statement. “There’s a young person with a bullet wound, another young person with a dramatically altered life path, and a whole community of students and staffers who need and deserve all the help and support we can give them. Once again, we’re looking at the terrible consequences of too many guns and too many people willing to use them.”

Both the alleged shooter and victim are males, according to Hayden’s office.

The shooting happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday outside the doors of the school, Mayor Michelle Wu and Boston police said. The victim was taken to a Boston hospital where he was in stable condition, officials said.

Police said they recovered a loaded gun near the school.

On Wednesday, Wu praised the response by school officials and law enforcement.

“I’m really grateful for the strong leadership at School Safety Services, from our superintendent, from the Boston Police commissioner. This is a time that is incredibly challenging for our community,” Wu told reporters outside the school, according to an audio recording of her remarks.


BPS Superintendent Mary Skipper said the school is safe for students.

“Our goal and priority is always the safety of our children ... and I think when something happens, we have an immediate response that’s robust, and that’s what I think you saw,” she said.

“I can ensure parents today that there is a sense of calm and safety in the Burke,” she added. “Even [Tuesday] afternoon, for most of the students that were in there, they had no idea what happened outside. They were trying to learn ... teachers were trying to teach, and that’s what we need to have our schools be for. So hopefully we can work together as a community to make our schools sacred spaces, because that’s what they are.”

Globe correspondent Nick Stoico contributed to this report.

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