Girlfriend with Illegal Gun
The Boston Herald
Boston is moving to fire the anti-crime advocate who prosecutors say was handling an illegal high-capacity firearm moments before his girlfriend was shot in the head.
City street worker Jeremy Harrison, 28, pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of possessing a large-capacity firearm, a firearm with a defaced serial number, a firearm without a federal identification card, and ammunition without a federal identification card, and improper storage of a firearm in the presence of a minor.
Dorchester District Court Judge James Coffey ordered him held on $50,000 cash bail.
Prosecutor Dana Pierce said police are trying to determine how the woman was shot. She called it “troubling” that a man hired by the city to teach violence prevention to youths had a loaded, unlicensed gun.
Boston Centers for Youth and Families spokeswoman Sandy Holden said Harrison’s termination hearing is set for sometime this week.
Police say they found a semi-automatic firearm with a high-capacity feeding device and an “obliterated” serial number in the Arbutus Street apartment where the woman was shot.
Pierce said the woman is “still alive and that is somewhat miraculous.”
Harrison’s lawyer Jessica Dembro called the shooting “absolutely accidental and very, very unfortunate and very, very sad.”
Harrison is the son of Dorchester youth minister Rev. Shaun Harrison, who leads Operation Project GO, an anti-crime outreach program for youths.
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