Violence strikes Ruggles

Violence strikes Ruggles

A 19-year-old male was shot Thursday at the Ruggles T station around 1 p.m. The male suffered bullet wounds in his arms and legs, according to local media reports, and was taken to Boston Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The male was ready to step off of a train when another male approached him and shot him three times from a short distance. Police officers did not find a gun, and were looking for two suspects. Authorities said the suspects and the victim probably knew each other, and that it was a deliberate act of violence.

“Whenever there is a shooting in Boston, let alone so near campus, there is a deep concern for student and community safety,” said Philomena Mantella, senior vice president for enrollment and student life.

The Ruggles Station closed for about 45 minutes. While closed, passengers on the train when the shooting happened were put on shuttle buses and questioned by police.

Mantella said Northeastern University Division of Public Safety (NUPD) officers work closely with Boston Police and Transit Police to maintain a high level of police presence and are well trained in public safety.

Officials released several images of two suspects. MBTA police request any information regarding the two men at 617-222-8477. Callers can remain anonymous.

“Whenever such a matter comes up, NUPD always reviews it, but it’s very hard to respond to such specific acts of violence,” Mantella said.

Public transportation stations have seen 34 crimes incidents in the past year, including 21 robberies and two assaults, according to media reports.

This incident was the second this year near Ruggles. Last March, Dwayne Graham, 18, died after being shot in the head while riding a bus from the Ruggles Station. That same month, a teenager stabbed two other passengers before the T arrived at the Back Bay station. This incident provoked Transit Police to increase patrol on the Orange Line trains, according to local media reports.

Mantella said she understands students might be concerned after a shooting close to campus, but said they should not feel unsafe.

“Students should keep in mind there is the personal escort service they could use and there are security cameras we use to help people feel comfortable,” she said.

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