Man shot in Chelsea, prompting school lockdown

Chelsea police are searching for a shooting suspect after a man was found shot in the leg in Thursday afternoon, prompting a nearby school to go under lockdown, police said.

The 35-year-old victim, a Chelsea resident, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Captain Keith Houghton said. The man was found on Shawmut Street around 3:30 p.m., near an early learning center that was hosting after school programs, he said.

The suspect was described as a 5’8” Hispanic male weighing 220 pounds, and wearing a red jacket with a blue shirt underneath and grey sweatpants, the City of Chelsea said on Twitter.


The suspect fled toward the direction of Suffolk Street, officials said.

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The lockdown at the school was lifted after about ten minutes, Houghton said.

Police were still at the scene of the shooting shortly before 6 p.m., reviewing video and canvassing the area, he said. Officers were also planning to interview the victim at Massachusetts General Hospital before he was set to be released Thursday night, Houghton said.

The shooting was an isolated incident, he said.

“We believe it to be not a random act,” he said, adding that police think the victim and the suspect may have known each other.


Police asked anyone with information about the shooting to call them at 617-466-4800.

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