A pastor who worked in a school has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after he shot a high school student who was peddling marijuana for him.
According to prosecutors, the 17-yr-old student who was shot in the back of the head is expected to survive.
The Associated Press reports that the suspect, 55-yr-old Shaun Harrison was arraigned in a Municipal Court in Boston and pleaded not guilty to several charges.
He was ordered held on $250,000 bail.
Officials say after Harrison’s arrest, he was fired from his job at the Boston English High School where he ran 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 yet to identify the teenager.
They are also investigating whether the pastor had ties to an illegal drug-dealing operation, and whether the boy he shot worked as a dealer in that operation.
The prosecutor also said Harrison sold marijuana and had enlisted the victim to work for him. adding that the 17-year-old said he had been promised “girls and weed” before Harrison shot him “execution-style” after a dispute.
The Assistant District Attorney David Bradley said the teenager was shot Boston’s Roxbury section, a business surveillance camera recorded the shooting.