LYNN — Police are investigating a daytime shooting at Commercial Street and Neptune Boulevard on Wednesday.
At 11:31 a.m., Lynn police responded to a report of shots fired at Commercial Street and Neptune Boulevard.
Police Chief Chris Reddy said one arrest was made on the scene and police were still searching for a suspect connected to the crime who was considered “armed and dangerous.”
According to Reddy, the incident occurred when two suspects exited a black Lexus, with one of them firing several shots at a white Toyota Camry.
Officers said one suspect fled into a nearby store, while the shooter fled on foot down Neptune Street.
They identified the suspect at large as 23-year-old Anthony Gutierrez at a late afternoon press conference Wednesday.
Police were also looking for the white Toyota Camry, which they said has the Massachusetts license plate “4RAW48.”
“We want to be clear to the public that this was not a random attack, this was a targeted incident,” Reddy said.
There is no report of injuries at this time, according to police.
Police had urged residents in the area of Commercial Street, South Street, Market Square and Lynn Commons to secure their homes as they, along with State Police and K-9 units, conducted a search of the area.
Police later ended the search and lifted the warning as they continued to investigate the incident.
Multiple schools in the area were on lockdown following the shooting and police remained in the area for dismissals.
Speaking to the media, Reddy and Mayor Jared Nicholson both stressed that the incident was not related to any of the nearby schools, including Lynn Vocational Tech High School. However, Nicholson noted the negative impact that incidents like Wednesdays can have on students and their learning when he spoke to the media.
“We are not going to tolerate this kind of violence in proximity to our schools, anywhere in this community,” Nicholson said.
Lynn police urged residents in the area to be cautious and requested any information that would be relevant to the ongoing investigation.
“We ask everyone that has security video to check their cameras during and after this incident,” Lynn police said in a statement.
Police were seeking arrest warrants for Gutierrez on four charges including assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to murder, carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm 500 feet from a building, and illegal possession of ammunition.
Nicholson will be holding an outreach event on Friday at the Ingalls Elementary School Cafeteria from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to address the recent violence in the city, including multiple fatal shootings earlier this month.
This a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.