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DA: Minister arranged to have teen beaten before he tried killing him for not selling enough pot

Shaun Harrison, 55, a minister and counselor in Boston schools, was ordered held in lieu of $400,000 today at his arraignment on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, unlawful possession of a shotgun, unlawful possession of a rifle and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Should Harrison make bail, he will have to wear a GPS device and stay away from his victim and any witnesses, the DA's office says.

Harrison was arraigned following his indictment on the charges by a Suffolk County grand jury.

In court, prosecutors provided their account of what happened on March 3:

Harrison, who at the time was employed at English High School in Jamaica Plain, had recruited the 17-year-old English High School student to sell marijuana. When Harrison became dissatisfied with the teen’s sales, he allegedly arranged for another student to attack the victim at the school, Bradley told the court. Later that day, Harrison met the victim and began walking with him, remaining behind the victim as they went. When they arrived in the area of 100 Magazine Street, Harrison pulled out a firearm and shot the victim in the back of the head before fleeing.

The victim was able to flag down a passerby for help and was transported to a hospital. Though seriously injured, he was able to identify Harrison as the man who shot him. Surveillance cameras in the area corroborate the victim’s account of the incident

Also arraigned today were Dante Lara, on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, ammunition and high-capacity magazine, Oscar Pena, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute and Wilson Peguero, on charges of possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.

Prosecutors allege that when police went to Harrison's Pompeii Street apartment after the shooting, they found the three exiting the building.

Lara and Pena had bail set at $25,000 apiece; Peguero at $1,000.

A search of Harrison’s apartment and storage facility at the Pompeii Street address revealed a large amount of marijuana, a rifle, a shotgun, a firearm and several rounds of ammunition - including rounds that were of the same type and caliber as that used in the attempted murder. Detectives also recovered clothing consistent with that worn by the gunman; those articles of clothing tested positive for gunshot residue.

Innocent, etc.


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