Neighbors on edge after shots fired in Everett neighborhood

EVERETT, Mass. — Vanya Pereira rushed home from work after learning about the gunfire in her Everett neighborhood.

“My neighbor had messaged me saying, ‘Are you okay? We heard gunshots outside,’” Pereira told Boston 25 on Sunday.

Now, Everett Police are investigating the report of shots fired in the area of Shute Street and Russell Place on Sunday morning.

When Pereira got home, she said she checked her bedroom camera and heard the two gunshots.

“When I was talking with my neighbor upstairs, he described seeing two people in a car. It seemed like they were trying to run off. And someone on foot shooting at the car,” she said. “They hit the car for one bullet, and then the other bullet missed and hit our house.”

Police responded to the scene around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Investigators were later seen cutting out the bullet hole from the house Sunday afternoon.

“He described seeing the girl kind of panicky, kind of like let’s go, doing motions with her hands, like they were trying to speed off,” Pereira added.

Neighbor Anitony Jineior said he witnessed the gunfire firsthand.

“I ran to my front window and I saw the guy. He was kind of nervous, and he was running out with the girl,” he said. “It seems like she was telling him to hurry up.”

Jineior said this was the second time his house had been struck by bullets within the past 7 months.

“This is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the neighborhood or city at this time,” a city spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday.

The vehicle involved in the incident has been located by Everett Police.

Initial reports indicated that there may have been an attempted abduction, however, police said after further investigation they believe the people involved knew each other.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Everett Police at 617-389-2120.

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