Posted on September 30, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |


A teen too young to have his name released is charged with beating two women and then shooting one of them in the face at a Dorchester housing complex.  An accomplice, Brian Hemenway (or Hemingway, as some are reporting), 17, was also charged.  According to the DA’s office, three women and a five-year-old girl were walking through Franklin Field when the two teens approached them and struck one of the women in the face.  Another victim attempted to intervene on her behalf.  The 15-year-old juvenile and Hemenway allegedly threw her to the ground and beat her before retreating to the Franklin Field Housing Development.  Moments later, as the victims stood on Stratton Street, the juvenile allegedly returned and fired multiple shots at them, including the one that struck the 22-year-old victim.  What would possess this 15-year-old kid to beat two women then shoot one in the face?  What kind of animal does this?  This kid is psychotic, and needs to be put away.  I’m afraid for this country because violence like this is escalating at an alarming rate and because of cutbacks, thugs like this will repeat violent acts because we don’t have the money or the manpower to fund more police presence in the streets.  

The younger thug who is only 15 years old, is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail for the incident that happened around 8 PM on Friday, after he was charged with multiple attempted murders, said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.  He was arraigned on four counts of armed assault with intent to murder, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a single count of assault and battery, and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to Conley’s office.  He fired several shots at three women and a 5-year-old, hitting a 22-year-old woman in the face.  Hemenway, 17, is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.  The shooting victim, a 22-year-old woman, remains in the ICU at Boston Medical Center, but is expected to recover, the District Attorney’s office says.  The woman is in intensive care at Boston Medical Center. A co-defendant, 17-year-old Brian Hemenway from Dorchester, was charged with assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

I’m wondering if this is the same teen who was arrested in 2007 for beating and robbing a pizza delivery man at gunpoint.  I’ll have to keep my eye on this one.  DA Dan Conley said investigators are continuing to look for an answer to three specific questions: "Even after two arrests, a case like this leaves us only with questions. Who would give a 15-year-old boy a loaded gun? Why would he beat a woman and then shoot her?  And how on earth did he come to think this was acceptable behavior?"  Those are good questions.  Anger like this is deeply disturbing, and unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident as there are scores of stories like this one.  My God, what is this world coming to?  Acts of violence like this, especially against innocent women, are becoming commonplace which is an atrocity in itself.  Scumbags like this need to be severely punished to the fullest extent of the law and be made examples of.  A slap on the wrist "because he’s so young" is just not going to do it.  If officials want to get tough on crime, they need to get even tougher on the sentences…

15-year-old charged with attempted murder

By WHDH-TV Staff and Associated Press
updated 11:19 p.m. ET, Tues., Sept . 29, 2009

BOSTON – A 15-year-old Dorchester boy was charged with attempted murder. He is accused of shooting a 21-year-old woman in the face.

While the motive is still somewhat unclear, police said this may have been a random attack.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Friday night on Stratton Street near the Franklin Field apartments in Dorchester.

Police said that three young women with a five-year-old were walking across Franklin Field when two males, ages 15 and 17 years old, approached.

The teens allegedly started an altercation, beat two of the women, and ran off.

A few minutes later, the women and the little girl were at a nearby residence on the front porch, the 15-year-old allegedly returned with a gun and started firing.

The 21-year old woman was shot in the face.

The cousin of the shooting victim who was there said she does not know why the attackers came after them.

"He started shooting. He shot off like, five rounds he shot off. The next thing I know, my cousin end up, coming off the porch. When she came off the porch, she was bleeding and that’s when he turned around and started running. I called, I was already on the phone with the cops when he started shooting," said the cousin of the victim.

Police said they plan to aggressively prosecute the boy.

"Well what we know is that he is known to the police. He is someone that is known to the police to be a violent young man and this is somebody who we really need to get control of. So we are going to prosecute him as a youthful offender, which means prosecuting him so that he will, if convicted will receive the full panaplea of adult penalties available to us and we intend to aggressively prosecute this case," said Dan Conley, Suffolk County District Attorney

The 15-year old who was arrested the next day is being held on a $250,000 bail. He could face up to 20 years in jail.

Brian Hemingway, of Dorchester, was also arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The 21-year-old shooting victim is hospitalized in intensive care. She is reported in stable condition and is expected to live.



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