Shooting at Mack Park; One Male Taken to Hospital

A 20-year-old male was taken to the hospital Saturday night with a gunshot wound to the chest after an incident at Mack Park.

Mack Park in Salem.
Mack Park in Salem.
Salem police responded to Mack Park Saturday night just after 11 p.m. on a report of a shooting.

According to initial reports, officers at the scene said there was one victim -- a 20-year-old male -- who was shot in the chest and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The male was found near the playground at the top of the hill.

It was unclear how serious the victim's condition was Saturday night.

A witness told police two males fled the scene on foot -- both tall, one white and the other possibly Hispanic. Two handguns were also seen, according to reports.

Multiple police units responded to the scene, along with Engine 2 and EMTs. Peabody police also aided in a search of the area -- the city line is just on the other side of Harmony Grove Cemetery, which is next to the park.

According to reports, one suspect was wearing a white t-shirt and plaid shorts and the other male was wearing a white t-shirt and dark-colored shirts. Both suspects reportedly ran through the park toward Mason Street.
Carolyn Costain June 30, 2013 at 06:08 AM
North Salem needs more patrols! This just don't happen here! Crime here is on the rise because people think its a safe haven from police patrolling like in other parts of this city so they are now coming up here.
Carolyn Costain June 30, 2013 at 07:43 AM
When it's a fact, that the crimes in this city are getting worse then the year before and it's on the rise! It just goes to show we need more and more cops! Hire them! What are we waiting for an apocalypse of criminal behavior and more deaths????
Doug Bowker June 30, 2013 at 08:03 AM
This new site design is nearly impossible to read on mobile devices! You seriously need to get this fixed!
Carolyn Costain June 30, 2013 at 08:17 AM
I don't like it either! It fades as you write and I'm on a laptop!
JK June 30, 2013 at 08:40 AM
Will someone please put out the trash in Salem it has been building up for over forty years !
Jennifer L June 30, 2013 at 08:50 AM
We are new to Salem, having moved back to my husband's native Massachusetts in winter 2011...and even in the short amount of time we have been here, we can see Salem declining! The drugs, the crime...this is not what we expected. Every city has it's dark sides, but Salem has so much potential! It's becoming our "home" & it just kills me to read about these things happening right in our own backyard. Besides upping police presence, what can be done? We can't leave it solely on them.
A. June 30, 2013 at 09:12 AM
The property owners for the Lafayette "hotel" and the rest of that slum around harbor street and north salem need to be confronted. Their renting practaces are what's poisoning this town.
Christian Cam June 30, 2013 at 09:36 AM
North Salem needs more witches on broomsticks to cast spells and get the bad guys out of that area!
Chris Helms (Editor) June 30, 2013 at 09:51 AM
Hi Doug, thanks for your feedback on the new mobile site. I'm looking at it on iPhone and it seems easy to read, at least for me. What device are you on? I'd like to get your feedback to our engineers.
melas June 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM
The shooters were not proud home owners. The problem: Too many transients/ apartments. The solution: More home owners, fewer apartment complexes. We need a balance in the city. Salem is still a great city and getting better. We have our fair share of low-income housing, etc...enough already.
Ryan Pendleton June 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM
I was walking ny girlfriend home that night. Walked down tremont street and heard a loud bang, thought nothing of it so we kept going. When we got to the tremont street/ grove street intersection I looked down grove street and saw people running towards mack park. It freaked the two of us so we had to take a detour around the park. On my trip back I figured that it would be safe so i went around the park again. Several cop cars scanning the woods trying to find someone. I make this trip quite often, now everytime i take it ill think of what happened and I wont feel safe at all.
Will Kane June 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Salem is the man who jumped off a 10 story building...at each floor he said "So far - so good"
Jim Armstrong June 30, 2013 at 01:20 PM
I have lived in Salem for over 30 years and have no problem walking through any part of the city. Fortunately most of the violent crime that happens in the city are between people who know each other and most likely involve drugs, so it doesn't directly affect the average law abiding citizen. It does affect us indirectly by diminishing our quality of life. More foot patrols will help, as you cannot really notice as much going on around you when you are driving in a cruiser (though you can cover more territory)
too big too fail June 30, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Ban leaf blowers, that'll solve everything
Doug Bowker June 30, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Alot of this conversation is clearly coming a cynical, if not downright bigoted, perspective. Salem by all measurable numbers is safe, economically strong with upward trending numbers. But it IS a city, with a large population even not counting visitors. And it's widely known that when it gets hot and the days are longer, crime goes up for what should be obvious reasons. A few notable crimes in the news at the beginning of summer does not constitute a trend. Some people will choose to cherry pick a few negative events and "happily" declare The End is Nigh! For those folks the glass will always at best be Half Empty. That's really too bad, but reality doesn't support that view. And sure, some more foot patrols would undoubtedly help in neighborhoods that are prone to more crime than others. But don't blame the 95% of innocent, hard working renters. Home ownership doesn't mean "no crime" anyway. And if you really believe that then there are plenty of bland and seemingly"safer" suburbs out there waiting for you. Don't expect to walk to any stores or restaurants, trains, or much of anything for that matter.
melas June 30, 2013 at 02:51 PM
There is a known correlation between poverty and crime. All should be welcome in Salem. I'm just saying, we have our fair share of low-income residents in Salem and balance is key to a healthy city. We don't need to become Marblehead, but let's not become Lynn either. Balance is key.
Anthony Mirabito July 01, 2013 at 09:22 AM
I had a problem with some tenants who allowed two squatters move in who were up to no good. The Salem Police had the two people in jail within the week. One on robbery ( grabbing cash out of a till ) and the other on prostitution ( she was soliciting on Craigslist ). We can't eliminate this type of behavior, but it can be rooted out. Give the Salem PD time to work this one. They're far better than most local law enforcement. And they are not overbearing in the process like Danvers or Rowley.
Will Kane July 01, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Ht and run, shootings, home break-ins, heroin busts....Problem?...What problem?, - I'm okay.
Will Kane July 01, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Salem has lots of bars, prostitutes at the Willows, heroin selling briskly, pot dispensaries coming soon - all in all, a great place to bring up kids. Keep on the road you're on with Mayor D at the wheel.
Marlene Lunt July 01, 2013 at 06:05 PM
More importantly is..... what is the condition of the young man? Were the perpetrators appended? Do we know a motive? Salem is an awesome city to live! There is crime but we do have a terrific police department and many wonderful citizens! Like anywhere..... be smart and make good choices!


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