By Ben A.
On Friday, February 3rd at 7PM, two rival Boston gangs met up at Macy’s in the South Shore Plaza in Braintree and gunshots were fired. Luckily, nobody was hurt, and police arrested Michael J. Spence Jr. on Saturday morning after several hours under lock-down, of searching the mall for anyone who could have been hiding. According to the Patriot Ledger, the Braintree police department led the investigation that kept going through Saturday afternoon.
Edd J. a resident of Weymouth said, “I’m still really shocked that this happened, and I know that the mall will definitely up its security now as a result, But I’m hoping that other malls locally and regionally will also tighten security to prevent this kind of thing from happening again. This could just have easily happened at the Hanover or Kingston Malls as well.”
Christine L. who also lives and works near the South Shore Plaza said, “My kids won’t be shopping there any time soon, and I can imagine i’m not the only parent who’ll be saying that.”
DHS School Resource Officer, Nick Jamali said that over the last 1-2 years, public attacks have been becoming more common, and as a result, safety concerns have also risen. Luckily these concerns have lead to better preparation to defend from future attacks, that will possibly save lives.
Officer Jamali said, “While there certainly seems to be an increasing number of attacks in the last few years, the truth is that we have always taken the concern seriously and have had plans in place for some time. These plans and protocols are reviewed quite often as a matter of policy and are also reviewed when new concerns arise. There have been times when security protocols have had to change slightly due to a particular concern. When we do make adjustments, we try to do so in a way that minimally impacts our students’ learning environment and free movement.”
Nick Jamali also said, “The town’s police, fire, and school departments have plans in place for a variety of events including an active shooter type incident.”
South Shore Plaza ariel photo used from Google Maps.
South Shore Plaza Interior photo by creative commons: Inside South Shore Plaza, Braintree MA, 17 January 2012, John Phelan.