A shooting incident took place at the administrative headquarters of Boston Public Schools after a 15-year-old fired at another teen. No one was injured and the attacker was arrested.
Patch reported the attacker was tackled and pinned down by the victim and the victim's mother. Building staff also took part in apprehending the suspect.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the first bullet fired was lodged in the ceiling of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building. Aside from school-related offices, the building also has restaurants and other businesses. No other shots were fired because after the first shot was made, the gun no longer functioned.
Details about the relationship between the two teens, whose identities were undisclosed, were not released and it was only stated the attacker is a male. The assailant was armed with a large, semi-automatic handgun from his backpack, which he pulled out during the verbal altercation.
Evans noted in a statement that the teenager and his mother were walking down from the second floor of the aforementioned building. They crossed paths with the offender and words were exchanged.
One of the building staff was able to kick the gun away after it fell on the ground. The staff was ordered to shelter in place. The administrative building was open to the community after the incident but they will be pursuing tighter security over the area, NBC News reported.
The Police Commissioner added he has seen the attacker around and he believed the teens knew each. Evans also said he thinks gang activity might be a motive. "To think he's carrying a gun of that caliber around, it's a wake-up call," he told the press.
The 15-year-old was arraigned in the Suffolk County Juvenile Court and was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possessing ammunition without an FID card, possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number, assault with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm within a building. The bail was set at $250,000 and the teen is set to be back in court this Feb. 14.