A 22-year-old man is set to appear in court on Friday to face charges related to the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy in Boston.

Walter Hendrick will be arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court for charges of improperly storing a firearm that could be accessed by someone under 18, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, as stated by Boston police.

It is currently unknown whether Hendrick has legal representation to respond to these allegations.

12-YEAR-OLD CHILD KILLED IN BOSTON SHOOTING

Upon responding to a residence in Mattapan neighborhood around 2 p.m. on Thursday, officers discovered the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The identity of the boy has not been disclosed by the police, who have not provided details regarding the circumstances of the shooting.

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A 22-year-old man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a child in Boston, Massachusetts.

According to Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden, there is no ongoing threat to public safety.

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Mayor Michelle Wu mentioned that first responders made efforts to resuscitate the child.

“It’s a devastating tragedy for the whole city whenever we lose one of our young people, and for a child of this age to be lost to gun violence is a nightmare,” stated Wu during a news conference at the scene on Thursday. “Especially during the summer when our kids should be enjoying, having fun, playing, and growing, this is particularly a nightmare for a mother and a family.”

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Police Commissioner Michael Cox characterized the death as unnecessary.

“I urge individuals, if you have guns in your home… turn them in to us,” he said.

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