Man shot in car near school

2 bullets hit building window

By Travis Andersen
Globe Staff / July 8, 2011

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Children attending a camp program yesterday at a Dorchester middle school came close to being touched by the recent gun violence in the neighborhood when two bullets from a nearby shooting struck a window, according to police.

A man believed to be about 30 was shot in a car outside the school. He was in stable condition last night at Boston Medical Center, Boston police said.

Deputy Superintendent Randall Halstead said at the scene that the shooting on Columbia Road near the intersection with Brunswick Street occurred about 2:20 p.m.

He said that shots were fired from a vehicle and that the victim was the sole occupant of another car targeted by the gunman or gunmen.

Two shots struck a window of the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School at 270 Columbia Road, but they did not pierce the glass and the children in the building were never in danger, Halstead said.

But parents who rushed to the school were clearly shaken.

“I was hysterical,’’ said Jackie Jones, 40, outside the school. She came to pick up her 13-year-old daughter, Dwonya, who attends the summer program.

Jones said the recent violence in the neighborhood - including a bloody Independence Day weekend and a double shooting near the school on Tuesday - is frightening. She said she does everything she can to keep Dwonya safe.

“That’s why I try to get my daughter in camp, to have a fun summer,’’ she said.

Paulette Strother, 51, hugged her daughter Vanice, 14, a student who was escorted out of the school by a camp worker at about 4 p.m.

“Hi,’’ Strother said to Vanice as they hugged. “Oh. my goodness . . . she’s safe.’’

Strother said her daughter also attends the school during the school year. “That’s a great school, but it’s the neighborhood’’ that is dangerous, she said.

Police released few details about the shooting. David Estrada, a police spokesman, said two vehicles were being sought, a black Jeep Liberty with Arizona plates and a silver Mercedes E320 four-door sedan with tinted windows.

He said it was not clear which vehicle the gunman or gunmen used. The bullet-riddled, gray car that the victim was driving was seen in front of the main entrance to the school yesterday.

Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said last night that the victim, whom police did not identify, is well known to authorities. Estrada said police did not have descriptions of any suspects by last night.

Matthew Wilder, a spokesman for the Boston public schools, said that a nonprofit organization was running a camp program at the school and that about 30 children were in the building at the time of the shooting.

He said the school was immediately placed in safe mode, in which no one is allowed in or out of the building.

Program leaders at the nonprofit, the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Jones said several times outside the school that she could not believe that the building had been hit with gunfire.

“It’s like, I think she’s going to be safe and have a good time,’’ Jones said. “And it’s like, come on.’’

Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.

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