A Dorchester man accused of shooting up a schoolyard as kids played in a playground next door on Sunday was ordered held in jail at his arraignment yesterday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Prosecutors had asked for $100,000 bail for Semaj Leary. Judge Debra DelVecchio set bail at $10,000, but agreed with prosecutors to revoke his bail for an open assault-and-battery charge - for which he is scheduled for trial in June.
Prosecutors say that gang-unit cops - patrolling the area around the Trotter School on Humboldt Avenue due to an increase in gang activity - heard shots around 5 p.m.
As they approached, officers observed adults and young children fleeing from the school yard, as well as two males riding BMX bikes toward the rear of the school. Officers turned the corner and encountered a man later identified as Leary. After making eye contact with one of the officers, Leary took off running. Officers observed that he attempted to replace a silver firearm into his waist pocket as he fled, prosecutors said.
Officers pursued Leary through multiple fenced yards along Harrishof Street before losing the suspect; additional officers located him hiding under a nearby Nissan Rogue. ...
Among the witnesses at the scene was an off-duty Massachusetts state trooper who described two teens fleeing the scene on bicycles. A search of their path of flight turned up a second handgun that Boston Police seized as evidence.
Anyone with info on the incident can contact B-2 detectives at 617-343-4275.