LYNN, MASS. (WHDH) - A search continued Wednesday night for a man who police said allegedly walked out of a car with a gun and started shooting at another car near a school in Lynn.
The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, prompting officials to issue a shelter-in-place alert while they conducted an extensive search in the Commercial Street area.
Police went on to cancel the shelter-in-place alert around 2 p.m., though the gunman remained at large, saying the shooting appeared to be targeted and not random.
“This was not a random attack,” said Lynn Police Chief Christopher Reddy. “This was a targeted incident. The individuals involved were adults.”
Video showed the moment shots rang out, showing a black car first pulling over on Commercial Street near Neptune Street. One man is seen frantically getting out of the passenger side of the car before trying and failing to get inside a nearby U-Haul truck.
The passenger is then caught on camera running inside a convenience store, at which point the gunman is seen getting out of the driver’s side of the black vehicle on Commercial Street and walking over to the other side of the car.
Video shows the gunman pulling out his gun and firing multiple shots at a white Toyota Camry.
“I heard the gunshots,” said one person in the area later in the day Wednesday. “It was so loud.”
Police said the passenger who had been in the black car was arrested.
As police swarmed the scene after the shooting, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute near the shooting site also went into a lockdown, leaving students and parents on edge.
“I was scared,” one student told 7NEWS.
“I got extremely nervous and I called my son right away,” a parent said. “And it’s unfortunate because there’s a lot of violence going on in this city.”
Beyond Lynn Vocational Tech, people in other nearby buildings were asked to shelter in place under the shelter-in-place alert while police searched the area.
Lynn police also shared multiple photos on social media of the man they said was the shooter — 23-year-old Anthony Gutierrez.
Police asked anyone with security video in the Commercial Street area to check their cameras and said anyone with information should contact the Lynn Police Department at 781-595-2000.
“We encourage residents to be vigilant and to keep your doors locked,” police said.
In addition to Gutierrez, police said they are hoping to locate the Toyota Camry that was targeted in this shooting.
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