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Man shot at Silsbee and Friend streets in Lynn

Streets surrounding Silsbee and Friend streets are blocked off as Lynn Police officers and detectives investigate a shooting in the area. (Bella diGrazia)

LYNN — Police are searching for a suspect after a man was reportedly shot in the head on a downtown corner Friday afternoon.

A police scanner communication said the victim suffered a grazing bullet wound to the left side of his head around 3:30 p.m. near Silsbee and Friend Streets.

“I heard two loud bangs,” said Beverly resident James Chavous. “I was just here visiting my daughter who works on Silsbee Street. I heard the shots and came out and saw the guy laying on the ground with blood coming from his head. I didn’t see anything, I just heard it.”

When police arrived on the scene they came across a car crash with the unidentified male victim on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head, said Lynn Captain of Detectives Mark O’Toole.

“The victim was in the vehicle when he was shot and continued down Silsbee Street before colliding with a bystander vehicle,” said O’Toole.

The victim’s injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, but he was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital by ambulance for precaution, he said.  

A police scanner transmission described the at-large suspect as wearing a red shirt with the number 10 on the back. O’Toole added that the suspect was described as a Hispanic male. 

The shooting brought State and Lynn Police, including Lynn Police Chief Michael Mageary to the scene. Nearby Harrington Elementary School had already been dismissed for the day when the shooting occurred.

This is a developing story. Check back with The Item for updates.

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