Police have made an arrest following an investigation of gunshots that occurred early this morning on Henry Street, between Brookline and Sidney streets in the Cambridgeport neighborhood.

The gunshots were apparently from a BB gun; the suspect is a 16-year-old boy.

Following reports of multiple gunshots made to the Emergency Communications Department, police responded to the area at around 1:47 a.m., arriving in time to see a truck speeding on Putnam Avenue. Officers turned their vehicle around and saw the truck slow – and an occupant jump out and flee on foot, leaping over a fence. The truck ended up crashing into a parked vehicle, which caused minor damage but no injuries.

After a brief pursuit, officers found and took the suspect into custody, they said.

The boy was arrested and charged with driving without a license, speeding, reckless driving, failure to stop, leaving the scene of property damage, use of a car without permission and receiving a stolen motor vehicle – and even a marked-lanes violation. 

A search of the shooting area for evidence found a loaded BB gun, walkie-talkie and torn clothing, officers said. The boy acknowledged shooting a BB gun earlier with a friend, police said.

Though technically the 13th shooting of the year, its dissimilar from most of the year’s previous gunfire incidents, which has seen most take place in The Port and Wellington-Harrington neighborhoods, with early morning gunfire resulting in alarm but no reported victims from non-BB firearms.

An investigation of the Monday incident is ongoing.


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