By David Taber and Sandra Storey
A shooting at the intersection of Williams and Amory streets near English High School was reported to Boston Police March 26 at 12:46 p.m.
According to police department spokesperson Officer Joe Zanoli, the victim, a 26-year-old black male said to have non-life-threatening injuries, was transported to Boston Medical Center by a friend in a private car. Boston Police and Boston Public Schools (BPS) spokespersons said the victim is not an English High School student or staff member. The investigation is listed as “active and ongoing.”
BPS spokesperson Matt Wilder told the Gazette that school has early dismissal on Fridays and students had gotten out at 12:25 p.m. The building was placed in “safe mode” for an hour after the shooting.
Wilder told the Gazette no one is allowed into or out of school buildings when they are in safe mode. The decision to put a school in safe mode is made by the school administration in consultation with the police, he said.
BPD spokesperson Officer James Keneally told the Gazette that JP’s local E-13 police station has stepped up patrols around English in the wake of the shooting and “continues to have officers there at dismissal.”
English High Headmaster Sito Narcisse told the Gazette the school regularly has administrative staff out to monitor dismissals—deploying throughout the immediate neighborhood, including on the Southwest Corridor and on Washington Street. “There are more folks deploying” following the incident he said.
Narcisse said he has heard from English students that students from other schools were present near the English campus at the time of the shooting. He did not know if those other students were involved in the incident, he said.