A sudden burst of gunfire in Lynn, Massachusetts, prompted local law enforcement to issue a shelter-in-place order on Wednesday, although the shooter managed to evade capture. The lockdown, which lasted for approximately an hour, was lifted by Lynn police, who confirmed that the assailant was not in custody.
Thankfully, initial assessments indicated that there were no reported injuries resulting from the gunshots, which occurred around 11:31 a.m. in the vicinity of Commercial Street. Although residents and students were no longer under the shelter-in-place directive, authorities continued to emphasize the importance of remaining vigilant in light of the incident.
Preliminary indications suggest that this was a targeted shooting and not a random act. Police urged residents to exercise caution by keeping their doors locked. They also encouraged individuals with security cameras to review their footage during and after the incident. Images of an individual clad in a hooded sweatshirt and track pants, armed with a firearm, were shared by authorities in an effort to solicit assistance from the public.
At the time of the incident, people in the areas encompassing Commercial Street, South Street, Market Square, Lynn Commons, and surrounding streets were advised to secure their residences and shelter in place. The suspected gunman was believed to be on foot. Individuals possessing any information related to the incident have been urged to contact the police department at 781-595-2000. The investigation remains ongoing, and local authorities are diligently working to ensure the safety and security of the Lynn community.