A 17-year-old boy is dead and three other people are injured after a shooting outside a high school in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.
Boston Police confirm the teenager, a student of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, was shot to death. Two other students and a 67-year-old woman were also shot, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Law enforcement sources tell necn they believe the shooting was gang-related.
"There are way too many guns in the hands of young kids," Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Wednesday afternoon. "We need everybody's help to get the guns off the street."
"This is certainly a very sad situation," echoed Mayor Marty Walsh. "The victim is too young to be gunned down in the middle of the day."
Burke High School and three other schools in the area were locked down, but those lockdowns have all been lifted.
No arrests have been made. Evans said police would be canvassing the area and looking at surveillance footage.
"We need the public's help," Evans said. "There were a lot of people out, we need them to step up."
The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office is assisting in the investigation and noted that witness protection was available if needed.
Anyone with information is asked to call Boston Police at (617) 343-4470.
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