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12-year-old boy arrested on gun possession charge in Dorchester, police say

Gun seized from 12-year-old during Dorchester arrest Monday.BPD

Boston police on Monday arrested a 12-year-old boy for alleged gun possession and a 16-year-old boy for allegedly receiving a stolen car in Dorchester, authorities said.

Officers were called around 1:51 p.m. to 205 Stratton St. for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. When police arrived, the 12-year-old passenger got out of the car and ran away, officials said.

“The suspect could be seen clutching his waist area and discarding a firearm,” police said in a statement. “Officers apprehended the 12-year-old suspect and recovered the firearm, which was determined to be a 9mm, loaded with one round in the chamber and six rounds in the magazine.”

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Police said the boy was charged with delinquent to wit, unlawful possession of a firearm; delinquent to wit, unlawful possession of ammunition; and delinquent to wit, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm.

A 16-year-old who was driving the car charged with receiving stolen motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, officials said.

Both juveniles are expected to be arraigned in the juvenile session of Dorchester District Court, authorities said.

In October, Boston police said there were 102 juvenile gun arrests between January and October 2022, far outpacing past years. In 2019, there were 36 such arrests, in 2020, there were 48, and in 2021 there were 67.

Police Commissioner Michael A. Cox said last year that the prevalence of guns among young people was concerning and stressed that reducing youth gun violence would be possible only through collaboration with schools, families, and community members.

“Especially when we talk about the impact of COVID, our young people are at a time in their lives when they’re the most emotional and volatile they could be, at the same time that there’s a lack of resources to give them the direction and structure that might keep them out of harm’s way,” Cox said in a November interview. “That is a complicated issue ... and not something police can handle on our own.”

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Material from prior Globe stories was used in this report.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.