Student shot outside North Quincy High

By Brian R. Ballou
Globe Staff / February 4, 2010

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QUINCY - As North Quincy High School students cheered on their basketball team yesterday afternoon, chaos erupted outside the school, when a fight between two students escalated, leaving a 17-year-old with a gunshot wound to his leg, authorities said.

“I’m surprised,’’ said student Jared Martin, who had been watching the game and had to remain inside the gym for two hours, as the school was put on lockdown. “. . . Now I’ve got to keep my head down.’’

Police received a 911 call at 3:33 p.m., made by a person inside the DeAngelo Sandwich Shop near the the school. The caller told police there was a person lying on the ground, apparently suffering from a gunshot wound. Police rushed to the scene, and the victim, an unidentified student at the school, was taken to Boston Medical Center, with injuries that were described as not life-threatening.

Police Chief Paul Keenan said during a press conference that Leon Perry, 19, of Dorchester pulled a gun during an altercation involving his younger brother, a student at North Quincy High School, and another student. Perry, who is not a student at the school, shot the student who had been arguing with his brother, Keenan said. Perry, his brother, and two other teenagers involved in the fight then fled, Keenan said.

Witnesses told police that several suspects ran from the scene into a gray three-decker near the corner of Newbury Avenue and East Squantum Street and that police later took out four teens in handcuffs. As the investigation continued, the teens were placed in police cruisers. By 5 p.m., they were driven to police headquarters.

An unidentified suspect was briefly taken out of one of the cruisers and escorted to a nearby sidewalk.

As an officer led him back to the cruiser, the suspect, his hands still cuffed behind his back, yelled to a nearby acquaintance, “I’m going to jail.’’

Perry is expected to be arraigned today in Quincy District Court. He faces a charge of assault with intent to murder. The other three suspects face charges of being accessories before the fact.

Quincy’s superintendent of schools, Rick DeCristofaro, said during the press conference that his staff responded quickly to the incident, locking down the school in an effort to keep students safe.

“Are we upset about this?’’ he asked. “To say the least, we are.’’