School Employee Fired After Shooting Student

Shaun Harrison reportedly shot a 17-year-old in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood

A Boston school employee has been charged with assault with intent to murder after allegedly shooting a Roxbury teenager on Tuesday night.

Shaun Harrison, 55, was arraigned Thursday on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Harrison, known as a reverend to some in Boston, stood Thursday in a Roxbury District Courtroom, now being called a suspect in the shooting of the 17-year-old student. He was arrested on Wednesday night and terminated from his school employment.

Prosecuters say the victim was shot execution style after meeting with Harrison. The incident was caught on surveillance.

Bail was set at $250,000. Harrison was ordered to have no contact with the victim, wear a GPS monitor and remain on home confinement in the event that he is released on bail. He is due back in court on April 6.

He allegedly shot a 17-year-old on Magazine Street in Roxbury on Tuesday night. The teen is expected to survive.

The victim told police it was Harrison who pulled the trigger. Three other men were arrested in the incident after police saw them leave Harrison's apartment. When approached by an officer, two weapons and marijuana was found on those three suspects. Harrison's neighbors told police they've noticed a lot of drug activity at his apartment.

Prosecutors said Harrison ran a marijuana distribution operation and had enlisted the victim to work for him until a dispute arose between them.

Even after police found guns and what appeared to be a picture of Latin King Gang affiliation in his apartment--Harrison's attorney denies his involvement.

"I believe he's not guilty," said defense attorney Kenrahan Buck. "That's all I can say right now."

Harrison and the victim allegedly left the residence Tuesday night and were walking on Magazine Street when Harrison produced a handgun, pointed it at the back of the victim's head and fired. Harrison allegedly fled the scene on foot. Surveillance footage from a nearby business captured the entire incident.

Boston Police detectives investigating the shooting went to Harrison's residence, where they observed three men leaving the building. Officers detained the men, found they were in possession of marijuana, firearms and a police scanner.

Dante Lara, 24, of Cambridge, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm; Wilson Peguero, 23, of Dorchester, was charged with possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute; and Oscar Pena, 19, of Dorchester was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. Lara was held on $25,000 bail, and Peguero and Pena were each held on $1,000 bail.

The connection between the three men and Harrison's drug operation remains under investigation, prosecutors said.

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