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Gunshots Fired Near Charlestown High School on Graduation Day

The school's graduation was taking place at the field nearby, but the shooting was not connected to it, police said, as the investigation began.

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Chaos erupted Monday when gunshots rang out near the graduation ceremony of Charlestown High School in Boston.

Police said no one was hurt after the shots were fired near Walford and Polk streets, but bullet holes could be seen in at least two vehicles. No arrests had been made as of Monday night.

"All of a sudden we heard three, four gunshots, and everyone threw themselves down," said Yasiris Navarro, who was there to see her son, Josh, receive his diploma — a moment that didn't happen. "Heartbreaking. It was just devastating."

Everyone started to run, as they had no idea where the bullets were coming from.

"We're all sitting at the bleachers, happy for the Class of 2022, and we just heard open fire," said Yarimar Navarro. "So we all ducked down, everyone was screaming, crying, people were getting trampled, it was very traumatizing."

Investigators say there was no connection to the graduation, but the gunfire quickly ended the ceremony.

"We all came out to celebrate the graduates, and then this is what we experienced," said Yarimar Navarro.

Police at Charlestown High School in Boston on Monday, June 13, 2022, investigating reports of gunfire.
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Police at Charlestown High School in Boston on Monday, June 13, 2022, investigating reports of gunfire.

"Today’s broad-daylight shooting near Charlestown High School, just as students, teachers and parents were gathering for a graduation event, is yet another example of the perilous combination of too many illegal guns and too many people willing to use them--anywhere, anytime," Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said in a statement. "I’m calling again for all of us, from every facet of society, to join the effort against this pervasive menace."

Students were robbed of their chance to collect their diplomas, throw their caps in the air, and celebrate with their friends and family -- it was a ceremony to remember for all the wrong reasons.

"Everyone is disappointed because they've been waiting for so long and it was ruined," said graduate Jimena Herrera.

The shooting comes less than four weeks after two guns were found at the high school and two students, 13 and 17, were arrested. An hourslong police investigation on May 19 sent the rest of students home early.

Two guns were found at a Boston high school Thursday, leading officials to put up metal detectors.

It was not immediately clear if Monday's incident was in any way related to the previous police investigation.

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