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Three men wounded after Saturday shooting in Lynn

Officers heard 12 to 15 gunshots; suspects sought

LYNN — An early-morning shooting in Lynn on Saturday left three men injured, including one who was hit four times in the torso and listed in critical condition at a Boston hospital, police said Saturday.

Officers working a routine patrol on Essex Street heard 12 to 15 gunshots about 1:25 a.m. and headed toward the gunfire, said Lynn Police Lieutenant Peter Holey. The officers were flagged down at 17 Highland Ave., where they found the three men suffering from gunshot wounds.

Aside from the man in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, officers also found a man who had been hit by gunfire seven times in the torso, Holey said. He was in serious condition at MGH.

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A third man, who had been struck in the wrist, was taken to Salem Hospital, according to Holey.

A black sedan was seen fleeing the area, and police were seeking a suspect, he said.

Holey said one of the men had a “large amount of crack cocaine on him” and that all of them are well known to police. He declined to release their names but said they are 26, 31, and 33 years old.

Officers are also familiar with the residence where the shooting took place. They broke up a planned home invasion targeting the property in 2012, Holey said.

Police learned of the plan to attack the home during a federal investigation targeting Brandon Payne, 23, and his associates, according to Essex County prosecutors.

Payne was killed by police on July 22, 2012, as officers attempted to stop him and others from launching the armed home invasion, prosecutors have said. He was shot after he rammed his car into a police cruiser when officers tried to stop his vehicle at Ingalls and Chatham streets in Lynn.

An investigation by Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett found officers were justified in using deadly force.

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Holey said complaints about the house, where some children reside, date back at least five years.

“The house is known to have heavy gang and narcotics activity,” he said.

Outside the two-family home Saturday morning, chalk drawings could be seen on the sidewalk. A woman who came to the door asked her son to speak with a reporter, but he refused.

One neighbor said that he heard fighting and then someone making a comment about a gun. He said he rushed inside his home and had his three children take cover on a bedroom floor.

“This street is ridiculous,” said Rigo Carrion, 31. “I can’t have my kids in the cross fire.”


Laura Crimaldi can be reached at laura.crimaldi@ globe.com.