Owens Brown, 34, former leader of the Academy Homes gang, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison last week after pleading guilty to cocaine distribution between 2007 and 2011 - some of the sales arranged through phone calls from the Suffolk County jail, where he spent a month after an arrest for driving with a suspended license.
The period covers the time during which federal and Boston Police investigators say they had Brown - who has a tattoo showing an X'ed out rat with the words "I will never tell" above it - under surveillance and watched or listened as he distributed a total of 2.8 kilograms of cocaine.
He's to be arraigned this morning in Roxbury District Court on charges of assault by means of a firearm, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, discharge of a firearm within 500 ft. of a dwelling and carrying a loaded firearm on a public way.
Witnesses and relatives told the Globe the attacker just walked up to the boys, 11, 11 and 12, and started shooting.
According to the Jamaica Plain Gazette, thugs at the Bromley-Heath project in Jamaica Plain have a long-standing beef with thugs at Academy Homes.
The Herald reports the boys, aged 10-12, were playing in a parking lot at the Academy Homes project around 8:15 last night by a sniper who sprayed them with bullets. Not long after, a man was shot as he ran away from the scene. All are expected to survive.
Boston Police report:
At around the same time, officers from Area E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 225 Centre Street. On arrival, officers located a 19 year-old black male suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot. According to the victim, he was walking down the street when he heard what sounded like a gunshot. The victim says he then felt pain in his ankle and, at that time, realized he was shot. While talking to the victim, officers discovered that the individual was in possession of an undisclosed amount of marijuana. As a result, officers charged the victim with Possession of a Class D Drug. Officers are also considering this individual a potential suspect in connection with the shooting incident at 68 Academy Terrace.