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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.
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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