BOSTON (WHDH) — BOSTON (WHDH) — Students and their families were forced to take cover Monday afternoon after multiple shots were fired near the high school during graduation ceremonies.
SKY7 HD flew over the Medford Street scene where authorities had cordoned off the area for hours. No one was injured, but nearby cars and an apartment were hit by bullets.
Boston police say the shooting was unrelated to the graduation, but the ceremony had to be called off and many of the students and families said the scene was chaotic as they rushed to find loved ones. Some told 7NEWS they were frightened by recent events.
“All I heard was a ‘pop,’ but when I heard the second shot everyone ran forward. I got out and grabbed my sister as soon as I could,” said alumna Ossie Hughes. “Everyone started evacuating immediately. There were people jumping over the fence. It was really traumatizing.”
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius released a statement in response to the shooting, which said:
“Our graduation ceremonies are deeply personal to us, and it is devastating that senseless acts of violence in the community interrupted what was to be a joyful occasion. Our students and their families work incredibly hard to reach this moment and begin their journey after graduation. We are very proud of this class that has been through so much and still persevered. Thank you to our community in Charlestown for coming together and caring for one another during this time.”
School officials said the ceremony will be postponed to a later date.
“I worked too hard to get here to have it ruined in Charlestown over a few little things,” said graduate student Jeremiah Okornoe.
No further details have been announced so far.
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