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East Boston woman survives gunshot to the head

Chelsea police searching for suspect

An East Boston woman was shot in the head at a Chelsea apartment early Friday morning, and police are looking for a man they say was with her shortly before the shooting, police said.

Chelsea police responded to 190 Washington Ave. at about 3:19 a.m. to find the 20-year-old woman wounded, but conscious and alert. She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she underwent surgery, said police Captain Keith Houghton. Her condition was not available Friday.

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The firearm used has not been found, but police said they are looking for a person of interest.

“We are looking for a male acquaintance of hers that left the area prior to police arrival,” Houghton said.

Houghton said detectives did not yet know the motive for the shooting and added that the acquaintance they are seeking may be a witness, not the assailant. The shooting remains under investigation, he said.

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven.
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