1 killed, 5 hurt by gunfire at Lawrence house party

The person killed in a shooting at a weekend house party in Massachusetts in which five other people were injured by gunfire has been identified as an 18-year-old man.

Police responding to a call for a disturbance at a third-floor apartment in Lawrence at about 3 a.m. Sunday found the victims, according to Essex District Attorney Paul Tucker's office.

All six victims were taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where Desiderio Arias, 18, was pronounced dead. Two others were flown by medical helicopter to hospitals in Boston for additional treatment, the district attorney's office said in a statement.

Arias did not live at the apartment where the shooting occurred.

No information about the other five people hurt, including their conditions, was released.

Authorities did not disclose a possible motive for the shooting, or announce any arrests, but said based on the initial investigation, the shooting does not appear to be a random act.

State and city police are investigating.

This article was originally published on May 01, 2023.


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