A youth minister from Boston, a dude who’s widely recognized for his anti-violent efforts, has been arrested for the attempted murder of a teenager who was apparently selling weed for him. Rev. Shaun Harrison has been formally accused of shooting the 17 year-old student in the head after the two argued in Roxbury.
The teen, who is conscious and expected to survive, was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment after the incident.
Harrison faces a lot of charges including aggravated assault, possession of pot, possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm with five hundred feet of a dwelling, possession of a firearm in commission as well as carrying a loaded weapon. According to reports, Harrison has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges pressed against him and the Associated Press said that his bail is currently set at $250,000.
The 17 year-old told police officers that he was selling pot for Harrison prior to the shooting. Harrison was also the former dean at the high school where the student attended.
Although the charges are certainly stacked up against him, Harrison’s sister Susan has stated that she believes he is a good man, that he didn’t do this and that it is all a setup to get him sent down for a crime that he did not commit. She also told the Globe that she believes her brother is innocent.
So we’ll see what happens, but we’re going to try to track the Breaking Bad-esque story of how a reverend and teacher ends up shooting kids over weed. Man, that’d be a good show. Our prayers are with the teenage victim and his family.