Boston minister who preached against violence shoots teen in head, police say

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The Rev. Shaun O. Harrison, the former dean of students at Boston’s English High School, is seen in an undated photo from Facebook. He is accused of shooting a 17-year-old in the back of the head after a dispute with the teen, whom Harrison had enlisted to sell marijuana for him, according to police and prosecutors. (Facebook)
William LaRue, National DeskBy William LaRue, National Desk
on March 05, 2015 at 11:13 PM, updated March 05, 2015 at 11:46 PM

A Boston youth minister who worked for city schools was charged Thursday with attempted murder after he shot a high school student who was selling marijuana for him, authorities said.

The 17-year-old student, who was shot in the back of the head, is expected to survive, prosecutors said. Rev. Shaun Harrison, 55, was arraigned in Municipal Court in Boston and pleaded not guilty to several charges, The Associated Press reported. He was ordered held on $250,000 bail.

After his arrest, officials said, Harrison was fired from his job at Boston English High School running substance abuse and anger management programs. He was known in the community for anti-violence efforts and working to keep youngsters out of trouble.

Authorities are also investigating whether Harrison had ties to an illegal drug-dealing operation, and whether the boy he shot worked as a dealer in that operation, MassLive.com reports. Authorities have not identified the teen.

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The 17-year-old student, who was shot in the back of the head, is expected to survive, prosecutors said.

Rev. Shaun Harrison, 55, was arraigned in Municipal Court in Boston and pleaded not guilty to several charges, The Associated Press reported. He was ordered held on $250,000 bail.

After his arrest, officials said, Harrison was fired from his job at Boston English High School running substance abuse and anger management programs. He was known in the community for anti-violence efforts and working to keep youngsters out of trouble.

Authorities are also investigating whether Harrison had ties to an illegal drug-dealing operation, and whether the boy he shot worked as a dealer in that operation, MassLive.com reports. Authorities have not identified the teen.

Harrison shot the youth Tuesday night in Boston’s Roxbury section, Assistant District Attorney David Bradley said. He said a business surveillance camera recorded the shooting.

Harrison sold marijuana and had enlisted the victim to work for him, police and prosecutors said. The 17-year-old said he had been promised “girls and weed” before Harrison shot him “execution-style” after a dispute, authorities said.

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