Teen shot both man and himself in fight over phone sale gone bad at Mattapan drugstore, police say

Boston Police report that after a Dorchester 16-year-old gets out of the hospital, he'll be formally charged with a variety of gun offenses for a fight at the Morton Street Walgreens in which he managed to shoot both his opponent and himself Friday night.

Police say the teen - already facing an outstanding warrant on a charge of being delinquent for armed robbery - showed up at the Walgreens shortly before 9:40 p.m. to buy a phone from a 20-year-old man. He handed over the money and got the phone, but before he left, the seller realized some of the money was counterfeit and demanded satisfaction from the kid, according to police. An argument turned into a fight and the teen pulled out a .380 caliber AMT handgun, police say:

As the two continued to struggle for control of the weapon, two shots were fired outside, one of which struck the suspect. The fight continued and spilled into the store, where the armed security guard standing inside the doorway ordered the suspect to drop the gun and the fight concluded. Officers asked the victim if he had been injured in anyway during the incident at which time he then realized that he too had been shot. Both the victim and the suspect were transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries which are considered non-life threatening.

Police say that on his release from a local hospital, where he remains in guarded condition, he will be booked on charges of being delinquent for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to rob, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and carrying a loaded firearm on a public way.

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PAGING MR WEST

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PAGING MR WEST..WE NEED YOU MR WEST

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Seems like this kid is a one

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Seems like this kid is a one person crime wave with an extensive criminal career. I feel bad for the teachers and students sharing a classroom with him. I'm sure his parents are proud and that's a big part of the problem.

Let's see if he does the mandatory minimum for the gun charges. I get a bad feeling he will show up on UHubs crime section again by the time he is 21.

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What a headline .........

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Why does it have to be called a drugstore ya I know it has a pharmacy and really was established as a but really ... is base on where the incident happened.... the so called drugstore is called WALGREENS...... WOW ..... many would say I'm overthinking it but no.... it looks to me like somebody was looking for headline rather getting straight to the point....

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If I had called it "pharmacy" would that have made a difference?

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I called it a drugstore because I'm old and that's what we called them back in the day, not out of any attempt to gin up page views (yes, I'm aware that Walgreens are so much more than medications these days). And, yeah, I was trying to get to the point: Kid with a gun (allegedly, natch) managed to both shoot somebody and get himself shot with his own gun at a Walgreens on Morton Street.

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many would say I'm

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many would say I'm overthinking it

No, not many. Every single person on this planet would say you are overthinking it.

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Actually you're not

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Actually you are not over-thinking this. First and foremost you have a right to your opinion so don't ever feel uncomfortable about speaking what your observations and how your observations made you feel. Secondly unfortunately: inside of people of colors neighborhoods any perception of negativity is sometime uncomfortable; including the difference between calling Walgreens a "drugstore" or calling the business Walgreens. How we word certain things certainly is a part of the perception of the whole. Wording is equally part of a whole. The community being the whole.

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Walgreen's has armed guards in Mattapan?

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I can't even remember the last time I saw one at a bank/credit union.
But, an armed guard there was helpful. Good thing this one didn't just pull out a phone to video the even like the one in Houston.

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They need one

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My friend was in there a few years back and a dude came in and took the drawer right out of the register and ran away.

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What about the counterfeit money?

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I've been surprised that the several accounts that I've seen about this didn't mention that he would be charged with possession of counterfeit money. Is it because he could potentially say that the bills belonged to the shooting victim, not him? Do the feds no longer care about small amounts of bogus bills??

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