Boston to pursue gun buyback after boy’s death
BOSTON (AP) — A newspaper reported Sunday that Boston police responded to several calls on reports of violence in the past year at the house where a 14-year-old boy is accused of accidentally shooting and killing his 9-year-old brother on Friday.
The Boston Herald reports that according to police reports it obtained, officers visited the apartment last June on a report of a 13-year-old boy who hit his brother and his mother and threw his brother to the ground.
The teen will be arraigned Monday on delinquency charges of involuntary manslaughter and illegal possession of a firearm related to the shooting death.
Meanwhile, Mayor Martin Walsh says Boston’s police department and the city will initiate a gun buyback after the slaying.
Walsh said city officials and police need help from the community to find out where guns are.
The city has been considering a gun buyback for several weeks following nine homicides in January. Police say many were gang-related.
Clergy met with Police Commissioner William Evans and Superintendent in Chief William Gross at the end of January to discuss ways to end the violence. A gun buyback emerged as a possibility.
Walsh says the buyback will now go forward.