A Night of Gun Violence Keeps Lawrence Cops Busy

By: Tom Duggan – 5-27-17
(all photos (c) 2017, Valley Patriot

IMG_7167Lawrence Police, Massachusetts State Police, and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department were busy in Lawrence Friday night as several calls for shots fired came in throughout the night breaking the four weeks of decreasing gun violence in the city. 

Lawrence officials called in multiple law enforcement agencies from the state and federal government after the Easter murder of a woman leaving a nightclub on Union St. Since then, the siege of police making arrests and vehicle stops in the city have driven the actual crime (as opposed to the statistical crime departments release) to a noticeable low. 

That all changed Friday as detectives and other officers raced through the city to answer multiple call for shots fired, one on Fairmont St. where 13 shell casings were found along with one unspent bullet. 

Sources tell the Valley Patriot that there were at least two different caliber of shell casings found and they believe that the shooting was a result of a running gun battle where two cars were shooting at each other as they raced behind Central Catholic High School. 

Oddly, with all the gun calls police responded to Friday night there were no gunshot victims found. 

Police are still looking for information on the shooters and victims who fled the scene. The Valley Patriot will follow this case and update this story as we get new information. 

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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6 Responses to A Night of Gun Violence Keeps Lawrence Cops Busy

  1. Rachel Reply

    May 27, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    This is probably the same situation that happened on Tower Hill back in April. Car drove down W Lowell St. shooting in the air for no reason. I believe it was 3 different shell types found of the 13 found. Just punks with nothing better to do than drive around shooting guns!!

  2. plaistowmember Reply

    May 27, 2017 at 8:30 PM

    And it is only May yet. Wait til the HOT and MUGGY weather arrives….it will be Shootout at OK Corral EVERY night.

  3. Rosa Pellot Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 3:34 AM

    last year I was shot in a cross fire in Lawrence ma in front of Mir nite club I was waiting for my daughter to get the car I almost died I spend 2 1/2 months in the hospital I was interview once by the Lawrence detectives haven’t heard nothing, I’m physically hurt and now have ptsd

  4. Ronny Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Yes its all idiot kids.that their parents spend their lifes on they phones.and dont teach dem any better. This are the fruits of cyber age.

  5. Ronny Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    Nobody cares about teaching this kids morals n principals.son animales.but they dont know any better

  6. Kathy Guillermo Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    U can teach yr child right from wrong n they will still do as they please it’s easier to blame the parents for their child’s actions I guess but in all reality it’s kids trying to act grown by holding a gun n who r definitely scared of getting hit . A real man shoots the ones not no gun .. that’s the pussy way rt.

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