Teen charged with shooting another teen in Downtown Crossing earlier this month

A 16-year-old was arrested yesterday for a May 2 shooting on Washington Street that left Temple Place shut at rush hour, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.

Authorities say the teen, too young to be legally named, was arrested in Boston Juvenile Court as he awaited a hearing on another matter for which he had been charged.

He was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail for the new charge of delinquency for assault with intent to murder, authorities say.

According to police and prosecutors, the teen shot a 17-year-old from three to five feet away around 5 p.m. on Washington Street. The victim - who told police he does not know the other teen or why he was targeted - made his way up Temple Place before collapsing about a third of the way to Tremont Street.

“I want to thank my responding officers and detectives for the hard work and dedication to justice that led to the arrest of the suspect in this case,” Commissioner Evans said. “The fact that the suspect was in custody approximately two weeks after the original call is a credit to my detectives, their professionalism and ongoing commitment to protecting and serving the citizens of Boston. As I’ve said many times before, an incident like this certainly underscores the fact that there are way too many guns out there and they’re way too easy to get. But, those who cause or create gun violence in our city should know there’s never an excuse for using a gun to hurt or harm another and the suspect in this case, a 16-year-old juvenile, will likely be regretting his decision to do so for many years to come.”

Detectives obtained footage from public safety cameras at the Downtown Crossing MBTA station and private surveillance footage from businesses in the area. This footage showed the gunman wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt reaching into his pocket, extending his arm, and pointing it directly toward the victim. At this point in the footage, people in the area are seen to scatter.

The footage shows the gunman fleeing into the subway station, jumping the turnstiles, and boarding an Orange Line car. The footage suggests that he soon disembarked, walked up Tremont Street to Stuart Street, and left the area in a taxi.

Investigators learned that the juvenile was wearing a court-ordered GPS monitor that placed him in the area of the shooting at the time it occurred, as well as moving from Tremont Street to Stuart Street as the gunman is seen in the video footage. Officers familiar with the juvenile identified him in this footage.

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Perhaps this person would be more likely

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to regret his decision to shoot somebody with a gun if we didn't give him special consideration (not releasing his name, trial in kiddie court, sealed record after the fact) because of his age and treated him for what he is - a criminal SUSPECT.

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