Police are asking the public for help in an investigation after one person was killed and six others injured in a shooting in Chelsea early Sunday morning.
Police said gunfire erupted at house party held at a vacant first-floor apartment on Washington Avenue at around 2:30 a.m. Police responded to the scene after multiple call for a disturbance. Johneshia Pino said she saw people jumping out windows to get to safety and she and her friend ran into the bathroom to hide.
"All of a sudden, shots rang out and I laid here in the tub and I just hugged her," said Pino.
When officers arrived, they found 19-year-old Pablo Villeda gravely injured and other victims with injuries ranging from minor to very serious. Leonna Moore, who lives in the building where the shooting happened, said she heard people screaming for help.
"It’s a scary thing, just waking up to those types of screams," said Moore. "I’ve never heard anybody scream like that before."
Villeda, of Chelsea, was taken to Whidden Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Six other people were taken to the hospital with gunshot injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. One person sustained injuries that did not appear to be related to the gunfire.
The surviving shooting victims included three males ages 15, 18, and 22, and three females, ages 15, 17 and 18. All are expected to recover, as is a seventh person who suffered minor injuries while running away.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 617-727-8817.
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