1 Victim to MGH After Shooting on Washington Street

Peabody police were at the scene of a shooting Thursday night in the downtown area. One victim was taken to a Boston hospital and detectives were searching for another man believed to be involved in the incident.

Peabody police were at the scene of a shooting at a Washington Street apartment Thursday night.

At approximately 8:55 p.m., a call came in of a shooting at 197 Washington St. with one victim. That person -- a male -- was taken by ambulance to Mass. General Hospital in Boston.

Police Lt. Arthur Yeo said Thursday night that the victim's condition was not life-threatening and it was unclear if the male actually lived at the address. The apartment was one of three units above D'Orsi's Bakery & Delicatessen.

Yeo said EMTs and officers arrived at the scene to find the person who dialed 911 with the victim. He said that, as of last night, there was one male whom police were searching for in order to question.

Yeo did not label that person as a suspect, saying detectives were still trying to determine his role in the incident; however, he did say the shooting did not appear to be a random act of violence.

No weapon was found at the scene.

Yeo said the incident was still actively under investigation and there would likely be further details available Friday morning.

Stay with Peabody Patch for more information as it becomes available.

Debbie Brown January 04, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Thank you Silva .....and I'm proud to say that I was educated in the Peabody school system ! My neice, nephews and grandchildren are currently being educated in Peabody also. They are all happy, well adjusted productive citizens of the great city of Peabody! Oh, and by the way they are all descendants of immigrants!
Silva January 04, 2013 at 05:37 AM
No problem and I could talk about these issues all day because I'm a realist that is down in the quote cess pool of Peabody square how dare somone say that!!
peabody_is_a_terrible_city January 04, 2013 at 05:46 AM
peabody is full of sluts and drug dealers. this whole city and the kids are disturbed.
Debbie Brown January 04, 2013 at 05:47 AM
It doesn't matter if you come from a meager background or if you happen to come from a family of wealth and influence, what does matter is how you live your life and how that life touches other people around you.... I grew up in the project in Peabody and I wouldn't change one little thing about the way I was brought up. The things I would change however, are the ways that children are brought up these days with a sense of entitlement. That is where we, as a society are taking a wrong turn.. Kids are looking for the easy way out..Don't want to put in the time or energy. Just want the rewards... Rewards come from hard work, respect......especially respect for your elders, honesty and accountibility. Nobody wants to admit when they f'd up...Always want to put the blame on others. If you screwed up own it, fix it , learn from it and move on! See, now I'm the one getting off topic! LOL In all seriousness, I hope the poor person that got shot tonight makes a full recovery whether he was a bad person or a good person nobody deserves to get shot.
J January 04, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Lynn low property tax? Lynn's property tax rate for residential property is $16.93 per thousand, Peabody's is $11.98 per thousand. Lynn's tax rates are very high.
Tony January 04, 2013 at 06:07 AM
Everyone has racist in them..Everyone judges, Everyone stereo types. People talk bad about their co-workers, their neighbors, and their family members....People stop COMPLAINING! How is your life? Are you over weight? How is your marriage? Are you unhappy at work? The problem is no one is taking care of their own life! They want to try to fix others because they know that they can't fix theirs. Get rid of Facebook and start fixing your own life! Be at peace with yourself and the world around you. Go skydiving! Go skiing! Join a freaking gym.! Fill your mind with the beautiful things in life! And you will create balance in your life!
J.Silva January 04, 2013 at 06:39 AM
Peabody is ten times worst then ever.. I lived on walnut St my whole life till about 10 years ago and I don't even recognize the area. Drugs are rampant to the point people from Lynn come here to get them..its sad but have u been to store 24 now tedischis lately? Its a haven for drugs. Think what you want but the BODY is changing...
J.Silva January 04, 2013 at 06:46 AM
Not saying anything but first reports were 2 Hispanic males fleeing the scene. And I guarantee this is over drugs..
Lisa January 04, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Never even new that there was apartments above Dorsi's. lol
Anne Holland January 04, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Annie Tab it's funny you should say that about Danvers. When I was a Sophmore in HS my family moved to Danvers. I got involved with kids from Danvers High at the YMCA. When we went on a Y school outing together, I couldn't believe the MJ, Hash, and other stuff the the kids were taking. I never saw that at PHS. My first outing with Danvers kids was quite an education. Needless to say I didn't go to Danvers High.
Steven B. January 04, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Random shootings are happening everywhere in this country this is the second one in a year and within a mile of my house in Peabody. Drugs were a factor in the first one and I am willing to bet it played a part in yesterday's shooting. Let's face the facts when drugs are for sale people are going to get shot. Don't get carried away and say Peabody is turning into Compton CA. these are isolated drug related shootings that happens when your in the drug business. I'm not moving and I'm not scared. The mayor is doing a great job he can't control this nonsense. So stop hating on Peabody and if not get real mad and move and you'll run into the same problem somewhere else..
Anne Holland January 04, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Anne Me either!
John S. January 04, 2013 at 02:05 PM
I moved to Peabody about 15 months ago and I would just like to say that for a city the size of Peabody there is too much violent crime for a city this size. I am not saying it's the police not doing their jobs, but I would solely place the blame on the mayor for lack of a public safety concern in this city. Too many shootings, too many stabbings and just another side note too many pedestrians being struck by automobiles (seems like every other day). Just take a look back over the last year. If it takes hiring more police or opening police sub stations in bad areas that is something the mayor should be doing for everyone's public safety that is his job....
Fed Up January 04, 2013 at 02:23 PM
With English like that, you should get a rebate on your Peabody education.
L.J. January 04, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Downtown is nothing more than chelsea with trees. Go up and down washington, main, foster, walnut street and the side streets there and you will see why this "beautification" project is a waste of money and time. It has nothing to do with race or citizenship...it is now the way of the world and this element has invaded the pristine little bubble we call peabody. Its been here for a while now. Maybe if parents spent more time educating and nurturing their kids instead of putting blinders on and blaming schools and pols it would be better. Drugs, guns and crime is here to stay...sad but true and its only getting worse. Pray for the public safety men and women because it is not if...it is when will it get worse.
Bob Croce January 04, 2013 at 03:52 PM
I've read a lot of these comments, and it strikes me that most of what people have written here is anecdotal at best. We'd all like to see a totally crime-free city, but the reality of the situation is that Peabody is way too large and much too economically diverse to be Mayberry, NC. We need to look at the facts, here, and realize that Peabody's rate of violent crime is statistically VERY low, and pretty similar to the violent crime rates in Salem, Danvers, and Beverly. FBI crime statistics in 2011 showed that, for Peabody, there were 2.4 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens. In Beverly the number was 2.31, while it's 2.25 per 1,000 in Danvers. Salem was at 2.86. Comparing Peabody to places such as Lynn and Chelsea when it comes to crime is ridiculous and outrageous. In Lynn, according to the FBI date, there were 8.85 violent crimes per citizen in 2011 (more than three times Peabody's crime rate), while in Chelsea it was a whopping 17.43. By most indicators (actual statistics), Peabody is a fairly safe place to live when it comes to crime. Is it perfect? Of course not, and it would definitely be good to see the mayor come up with a vision for cleaning up our drug problem, which definitely exists. But come one, people: when you look at the real facts, we don't live in a violent hell hole. http://www,eyeonpeabody.com
Tab January 04, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Bob the reason for me comparing Lynn and danvers to Peabody is because Lynn used to bd a wonderful place to live. Until criminals and drugs ran the city rampant. Peabody had been filled with immigrants for many many years which is how Lynn also was when it was nice. The difference is more and more immigrants are moving here and do not wish to fit into society. They do not want to change their ways of living to become Americanized. We all come from immigrants but our parents grandparents were of a different hard working era. Of course there is some immigrants who are productive to society but more and more they are not. I saw where peabody was headed years ago when kids were dying left and right from heroin and OxyContin. It is a fact crime has risen in Peabody in the past ten years and a lot of it is drug related. When we sold out home there were several home break ins our cars were broken into and a swat team was dispatched to our neighbors home. We lived on a quiet circle and used to leave our doors unlocked. It's very sad
Bob Croce January 04, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Tab, I agree with you on some of this, and it's probably time for our mayor to start looking at how we can alleviate our drug problem. I just don't want people to go overboard here. FBI statistics show that we are still, by comparison to other places, a fairly safe community. L.J. saying that downtown Peabody is like "Chelsea with trees" is a ridiculous statement based only on his/her opinion, and not the real statistics.
Mike January 04, 2013 at 04:35 PM
"Downtown is nothing more than chelsea with trees" I absolutely disagree. I both lived and worked in Peabody and it has it's fair share of crime but nothing more than any other city. I also worked in Chelsea. Peabody is absolutely NOTHING like Chelsea in regards to crime. Let's not lose our heads here .. I never had any fears about going out in the daytime or nighttime anywhere in Peabody. Been doing so without a problem for quite some time now.
Bob Croce January 04, 2013 at 04:40 PM
The statistics definitely prove that to be right, Mike. Following this debate today, there's some more about this in the Eye on Peabody: http://eyeonpeabody.com/2013/01/04/random-incidents-aside-peabody-is-safe-community-when-it-comes-to-crime/
John S. January 04, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Bob, I would just like to point out that the crime statistics you can see are from 2011. I am pretty certain that 2012's figures are far worse than the FBI's 2011 figures just from reading the news. Possibly the editor could give some better figures of 2012's violent crimes.
Bob Croce January 04, 2013 at 05:27 PM
I don't know, John. Would be a good comparison. The stats probably aren't available yet for 2012. But we shall see. http://eyeonpeabody.com
Saber Walsh January 04, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Been here all my life, and the downtown hasn't change much except 1) it looks more like Lawrence every day, 2) the gang colors are unmistakeable, 3) crimes appear to be more repetitious than random, 4) anybody who says they can walk anywhere, anytime in Peabody and not feel afraid must live at the Mall.
L.J. January 04, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I would agree with you bob, comparing our fine city to chelsea would usually be ridiculous and it is my opinion. But my opinion is based on actual experience. Drive down broadway, carter, shurtleff streets in chelsea and go into the apartments as I have and tell me what you see and hear. Then do the same in downtown peabody...I bet you a crisp 100 bill it is the same. I wish it was only a ridiculous rant...but sadly its based on street fact. Violence, od's, homelessness, crime are all increased and I hope the fbi stats prove me wrong.
Bob Croce January 04, 2013 at 05:49 PM
But L.J., while that might be true, it doesn't automatically mean that Peabody has as much crime as Chelsea. We definitely have an issue with illegals, but most illegals are not committing violent crimes in Peabody. If they were, then it would show up in the crime stats. It's not a crime to be poor, or to be homeless. It is a crime to be an illegal alien, but again, not a "violent" crime. I feel that the biggest issue with illegals is 1) them illegally getting welfare benefits we pay for as taxpayers, and 2) them driving without licenses and insurance. A lot of illegals are dangerous because they're out there causing traffic accidents. Personally, I've had a bit of a change of heart when it comes to the illegal immigrant issue. Those who come here illegally just to get welfare benefits should be rounded up and shipped back home. But ... I'm not sure I care that some poor guy from Mexico is working his tail off on some landscaping crew just so he can send some money back home. Not sure those people are hurting anyone, and as some of those landscapers or restaurant owners will tell you, they need those jobs done and no one Americans want to do take those jobs. http://www.eyeonpeabody.com
John Castelluccio (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 06:03 PM
John S., in light of the debate here, we've gone back and looked at the latest statistics available, which Bob Croce had mentioned above. You can find a story on this now here: http://peabody.patch.com/articles/crime-in-peabody-according-to-the-fbi-a38e90a5. Bob is correct, statistics for 2012 are not available yet -- the Peabody police and other local departments often don't complete and publish their annual reports until the spring. That being said, the violent crime rate in Peabody has not changed drastically in recent years, ranging 2-3 crimes per 1,000 residents.
Bob Croce January 04, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Good info, John. I think too that people see random incidents combined with an increase in poverty downtown, and they automatically associate the two. It's definitely a fact that, during the past 10 years, there is more urban blight, more illegal immigrants, and more people under the poverty level in Peabody. We have some serious issues to solve there. But the FBI statistics definitely don't show a huge increase in violent crimes. We're never going to be Wenham or even Lynnfield when it comes to crime rates. We're a city with the second largest population on the North Shore, and with that comes some challenges as it relates to social problems. But there isn't a crime epidemic going on here right now. What we're faced with here, though, are some warning signs. We do have a drug problem in Peabody, and it's not just downtown or out on Route 1. There have been recent drug busts near where I live in what is essentially an upper middle class suburban part of Peabody. We do have a safety issue around unlicensed illegals driving unregistered, uninsured cars. And, ultimately, our level of poverty downtown is going to result in an increase in the violent crime rate. But it's not just about being poor. http://www.eyeonpeabody.com
Harry Birmingham January 04, 2013 at 06:44 PM
If any group or ethnic peoples want to show how they are against crime and the related drugs in the city then the leaders of each should get together and bond in doing it. Each should tell these trouble makers that are making their own people look like they want to tolerate unlawful things to happen. They should be told they will get a one time chance to stop or face consequences not to their liking. This could be done by addressing gatherings every where ,homes,the media, houses of worship,clubs,schools ,etc. When I grew up in the east end we were the Greek,Portuguese,Italians and Irish people who got along very well with one another and we took pride in looking after one another. When there was a problem we let one another know and we did some thing about it,if you get my meaning. If we got in trouble with the cops we not only got the legal punishment deserved we got the parental punishment before hand as well . It is time to to make things like caring for one another with understanding, respect , and courtesy, as a mainstay that seems to have been all but forgotten about . When I look back I see that the getting along with one another was the best of things .Among those things were the understanding and exchange of our ethnic back rounds . It brought about friendship and marriage within the multi ethnics that gave us some well known notables in all of our present and past daily lives. It is time to reach out to one another to make these wanted goals become reality
Kelly Marquis January 04, 2013 at 07:25 PM
The problem with Peabody is the Cops. They are a joke and all the residents know it. They spend more time cheating on there wives and comming across as "cool" to there buddies. They don't protect the city they harass residents they don't like and are simply just morons. The Mayor is not to blame he hasn't even been in office long enough to recognize how sever the problem is. And race doesn't play a roll here. If the PPD would get there shit together and act like real police officers the crime rate would drop and the value of Peabody would rise. And no I'm not an ex cops wife I just know a few of the officers and they disgust me.
John Castelluccio (Editor) January 06, 2013 at 06:30 PM
For the most part, the conversation here has remained civil despite some passionate opinions on all sides and I thank those of you who have weighed in on this discussion without the express purpose of attacking each other or demeaning each other's character. Calling each other names, tossing insults and making unfounded accusations against another's character violates our terms of use policy and those comments will be removed.


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