Police hopeful for arrest in Brockton shooting

Maureen Boyle

Investigators probing the shooting of a 17-year-old outside Brockton High School were making “promising” progress Thursday and hoped an arrest could be made soon.

Brockton police Thursday were reviewing images captured by surveillance cameras scattered throughout the school grounds and continued to interview people who either were at the scene or may have information about the case.

“It is an active investigation moving in a positive direction,” said Lt. John Crowley, chief of detectives.

Authorities would not detail what information has been gathered so far or who may be the target of the investigation.

Linanel Brown-Madison, who also uses the last name Madison-Brown, 17, of Quincy, was shot in the legs Wednesday evening as he walked down the steps outside the Brockton High School gym. His injuries were not life-threatening.

He told police he was at the gym, watching students try out for the basketball team, when he and another teen exchanged words as they passed by.

About 10 minutes later, the victim was approached by the same teen and, in the gym lobby, a brief scuffle ensued. The victim said that’s when the two decided to go outside for a “fair” fight.

Crowley said the two walked outside the door, where three males were at the bottom of the stairs. One pulled out a gun and the victim started to run up the stairs, he said.

The suspect opened fire and shot the teen in the legs, he said.

Brown-Madison made his way into the gym, where at least one person called 911. A parent and a trainer tended to the teen until help arrived.

“What people need to realize is this wasn’t a random thing by any means,” said Police Chief William Conlon. “It was very specific between this victim and one or two other people.”

He said the victim was no longer a student at the school and “didn’t have any business being there. It is unfortunate that it happened on school grounds.”

Brockton High School Principal Susan Szachowicz said that helped to ease some concerns.

“It wasn’t a random situation. That helped with the fear factor,” Szachowicz said.

However, she said BHS students were angry the gunmen came to their school.

“This crossed the line,” she said. “They are upset they will be judged by the actions of one.”

Police increased patrols around Brockton High School Thursday and a number of students were coming forward to school officials with information, Szachowicz said.

Brown-Madison, formerly of Brockton, had been arrested by Brockton police last year on gun charges after police stopped a car in which he was a passenger.

At the time, police seized a loaded 9mm gun. He was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with defaced serial numbers, illegal possession of ammunition and illegal possession of a large-capacity firearm.

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