1 Victim to MGH After Shooting on Washington Street

Peabody police were at the scene of a shooting Thursday night in the downtown area. One victim was taken to a Boston hospital and detectives were searching for another man believed to be involved in the incident.

Peabody police were at the scene of a shooting at a Washington Street apartment Thursday night.

At approximately 8:55 p.m., a call came in of a shooting at 197 Washington St. with one victim. That person -- a male -- was taken by ambulance to Mass. General Hospital in Boston.

Police Lt. Arthur Yeo said Thursday night that the victim's condition was not life-threatening and it was unclear if the male actually lived at the address. The apartment was one of three units above D'Orsi's Bakery & Delicatessen.

Yeo said EMTs and officers arrived at the scene to find the person who dialed 911 with the victim. He said that, as of last night, there was one male whom police were searching for in order to question.

Yeo did not label that person as a suspect, saying detectives were still trying to determine his role in the incident; however, he did say the shooting did not appear to be a random act of violence.

No weapon was found at the scene.

Yeo said the incident was still actively under investigation and there would likely be further details available Friday morning.

Stay with Peabody Patch for more information as it becomes available.

John Castelluccio January 04, 2013 at 06:03 PM
John S., in light of the debate here, we've gone back and looked at the latest statistics available, which Bob Croce had mentioned above. You can find a story on this now here: http://peabody.patch.com/articles/crime-in-peabody-according-to-the-fbi-a38e90a5. Bob is correct, statistics for 2012 are not available yet -- the Peabody police and other local departments often don't complete and publish their annual reports until the spring. That being said, the violent crime rate in Peabody has not changed drastically in recent years, ranging 2-3 crimes per 1,000 residents.
Bob Croce January 04, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Good info, John. I think too that people see random incidents combined with an increase in poverty downtown, and they automatically associate the two. It's definitely a fact that, during the past 10 years, there is more urban blight, more illegal immigrants, and more people under the poverty level in Peabody. We have some serious issues to solve there. But the FBI statistics definitely don't show a huge increase in violent crimes. We're never going to be Wenham or even Lynnfield when it comes to crime rates. We're a city with the second largest population on the North Shore, and with that comes some challenges as it relates to social problems. But there isn't a crime epidemic going on here right now. What we're faced with here, though, are some warning signs. We do have a drug problem in Peabody, and it's not just downtown or out on Route 1. There have been recent drug busts near where I live in what is essentially an upper middle class suburban part of Peabody. We do have a safety issue around unlicensed illegals driving unregistered, uninsured cars. And, ultimately, our level of poverty downtown is going to result in an increase in the violent crime rate. But it's not just about being poor. http://www.eyeonpeabody.com
Harry Birmingham January 04, 2013 at 06:44 PM
If any group or ethnic peoples want to show how they are against crime and the related drugs in the city then the leaders of each should get together and bond in doing it. Each should tell these trouble makers that are making their own people look like they want to tolerate unlawful things to happen. They should be told they will get a one time chance to stop or face consequences not to their liking. This could be done by addressing gatherings every where ,homes,the media, houses of worship,clubs,schools ,etc. When I grew up in the east end we were the Greek,Portuguese,Italians and Irish people who got along very well with one another and we took pride in looking after one another. When there was a problem we let one another know and we did some thing about it,if you get my meaning. If we got in trouble with the cops we not only got the legal punishment deserved we got the parental punishment before hand as well . It is time to to make things like caring for one another with understanding, respect , and courtesy, as a mainstay that seems to have been all but forgotten about . When I look back I see that the getting along with one another was the best of things .Among those things were the understanding and exchange of our ethnic back rounds . It brought about friendship and marriage within the multi ethnics that gave us some well known notables in all of our present and past daily lives. It is time to reach out to one another to make these wanted goals become reality
Kelly Marquis January 04, 2013 at 07:25 PM
The problem with Peabody is the Cops. They are a joke and all the residents know it. They spend more time cheating on there wives and comming across as "cool" to there buddies. They don't protect the city they harass residents they don't like and are simply just morons. The Mayor is not to blame he hasn't even been in office long enough to recognize how sever the problem is. And race doesn't play a roll here. If the PPD would get there shit together and act like real police officers the crime rate would drop and the value of Peabody would rise. And no I'm not an ex cops wife I just know a few of the officers and they disgust me.
John Castelluccio January 06, 2013 at 06:30 PM
For the most part, the conversation here has remained civil despite some passionate opinions on all sides and I thank those of you who have weighed in on this discussion without the express purpose of attacking each other or demeaning each other's character. Calling each other names, tossing insults and making unfounded accusations against another's character violates our terms of use policy and those comments will be removed.


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