Authorities searching for suspect after 1 killed, 5 wounded in shooting at Lawrence party

LAWRENCE, Mass — Authorities are searching for a suspect after one person was killed and five others were wounded in a shooting at a house party in Lawrence over the weekend.

According to the DA’s office, The Lawrence Police Department responded to a disturbance call at 5 Royal Street, Apt. 3, around 3 a.m.

Upon arrival at the home, they found 6 victims suffering from gunshots.

All six were taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where 18-year-old Desiderio Arias, was pronounced dead.

Dozens of candles are now lit outside the home, where six people were shot at a house party overnight in Lawrence.

“I’ve heard it’s a rough neighborhood, but I hadn’t ever really experienced anything nearly this magnitude,” said Jessica Neal, who lives nearby.

Neighbors along Royal Street were shocked to learn about the shooting Sunday.

“It makes me concerned for my safety especially since I’m on the same level as the shooting was like I’m about to go up and check to make sure there’s no bullet holes in my walls,” said Neal.

Two of the other victims were flown by medical helicopter to Boston hospitals for additional treatment.

The shootings are being investigated by the Essex County District Attorney’s Office State Police Detective Unit and detectives from the Lawrence Police Department.

According to police, the shootings are not believed to be a random act of violence.

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