In what reads like something out of an episode of Law & Order, a dean at a Boston High School was leading a double life.
Rev. Shaun Harrison, 55, was running a drug syndicate and when one of his proteges turned on him, he shot him in the back of the head, the Boston Herald reported. The 17-year-old victim, who survived the gun shot, told police he was selling weed for the dean but their clash was what led him to being shot.
Boston cops busted Harrison and three young men, who were leaving his house on Wednesday.
The three — Dante Lara, 24; Wilson Peguero, 23, and 19-year-old Oscar Pena — were headed out the door with guns, marijuana and a police scanner, Suffolk County prosecutors said in a news release.
Acting on a tip from the 17-year-old, investigators found a mural celebrating the Latin Kings street gang painted on a wall of Harrison’s house, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Prosecutors also noted the respected educator and two of the suspects had matching tattoos, authorities said.
Harrison at one time ran the “street ministry” for Charles Street A.M.E. church and led an anti-gang program for youth in the community.
In secret, he also operated a criminal enterprise and enlisted young men to deal marijuana for him, the teen victim told investigators.
Tuesday’s shooting was captured on surveillance video from a nearby business, authorities said.
Harrison was fired on Wednesday after the school district was notified about the incident.
“The district and the school are saddened and shocked by today’s news and the school is providing counseling support for students,” Boston Public Schools spokeswoman Denise Snyder said.
Harrison was arraigned Thursday on one count of armed assault with intent to murder and numerous felony weapons charges.
A judge set bail at $250,000.