Many Questions Left Unanswered After Shootout at Burke High School

On Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at approximately 09:34 hours, Boston Police officers assigned to District B-2 as well as surrounding Districts and Boston EMS all responded to a 911 call reporting that a student had been shot at the Jeremiah E. Burke School in Dorchester. The same school where a student was stabbed last month. The original Boston Police radio recording can be listen to below:

When first responders arrived, they quickly located an 18-year-old male who had been shot in the stomach. Boston EMTs and Paramedics as well as officers immediately began to render aid to the young man and he was then transported to a local area hospital for further care. His injuries were serious but not considered life threatening at the time of transport. The latest update we have received is that he is in stable condition and expected to survive.

A detailed suspect description was broadcast over the radio and officers quickly identified the suspect who was fleeing and a short foot pursuit occurred. The shooter, a 17-year-old male, was taken into custody and found to be a fellow student whose identity is protected due to him being a juvenile. A firearm, which was used in the shooting, was recovered.

Over the past few days more and more details have emerged as well as heavy criticism with still many unanswered questions. Witnesses and law enforcement sources we spoke to say that BPS staff, in specific Burke Headmaster Amilcar Silva and a school guidance counselor, were present outside when the shooting occurred.

The shooting stemmed from an argument between students that somehow escalated into a horrifying act of violence. The same law enforcement sources and witnesses told us that the shooter had been inside of the school prior to the incident implying that the suspect and the gun were among students and staff for an unknown period of time.

Parents expressed their concerns, as there are over 300 students at the Burke School who were in harm’s way. The Boston Police Department has said that they will increase their presence at the school in order to ease some of the parent’s worries and to ensure the safety of the students going forward but that only goes so far. Now the pressure rests on newly selected BPS Superintendent Mary Skipper to revisit and address the outdated ‘woke’ public safety policies that are currently in place in the city’s school that are clearly endangering not just staff but also the students.

Community members also level strong criticism against Mayor Wu and numerous Boston City Council. These elected officials l have been front and center in the dismantling of public safety resources within the school system including the removal of police officers and disbanding of the School Police.

Most recently Councilor at Large Mejia tweeted that she questioned if metal detectors actually made a difference in school safety. The union that represents Boston Police Officers quickly fired back at Mejia saying, “we have elected officials treating public safety like a political football and questioning the use of metal detectors?” following the shooting.

Later in the day the same Union’s President, Larry Calderone, said in an interview, “How many more kids need to get hurt, stabbed, shot before we put police officers back in the schools or do something more than talking about working collaboratively but not putting any real action behind it?”

The charges the juvenile shooter faces are: assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, unlawful possession of a firearm on school property, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

Police are still investigating this incident and there is no further information at this time. Detectives from District B-2 are actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Any individuals with information can contact District B-2 Detectives at 617-343-4275.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.