Med-flight Helicopter Shot at Taking off From Lawrence After 6 People Stabbed in Brawl


A Boston Med-flight helicopter landing on the Helipad at Lawrence General Hospital on Marston and General St. in Lawrence. The chopper was shot at late Saturday night after six  people were stabbed in a brawl on Boxford St. PHOTO: Tom Duggan, (c) 2017, The Valley Patriot

By: Tom Duggan – May 28, 2017|1AM

Glass on the ground on the corner of Boxford and Gardner Sts. in Lawrence where a man was stabbed twice in the face.  (c) The Valley Patriot

Glass on the ground on the corner of Boxford and Garfield Sts. in Lawrence where a man was stabbed twice in the face. (c) The Valley Patriot

A Boston med-flight helicopter was shot at late Saturday night as they were taking off from the helipad of Lawrence General Hospital on General and Marston Sts. 


Earlier in the evening Lawrence Police were called to the corner of Boxford and Garfield St. where six people had been stabbed in a brawl that spilled onto the street.

One man had been stabbed in the face twice.

The person whom police suspect stabbed him received a stab wound to his forearm. One victim nearly died and is in critical condition after being stabbed in the heart. Witnesses say that the man was the one who tried to break up the fight. 

Shortly after the Boxford St. stabbing, Lawrence General Hospital received the stabbing suspect from Lawrence Police.

Multiple Valley Patriot sources confirm that the family/friends of the man who was stabbed in the face appeared at the hospital looking for retaliation.

Those subjects thought the med-flight helicopter that was about to take off contained a man involved in the stabbing, and shot at the helicopter four or five times. The helicopter was not hit and nobody was injured. 

The med-flight helicopter did not contain either of the men involved in the stabbing on Boxford St. but an elderly woman in critical condition. 

Witnesses say that the helicopter was shot at from Marston St. and the suspects drove off towards Route 495.  

Boston Medflight released a statement Sunday saying:

Important information to correct erroneous media reports.

‪PLEASE NOTE: Shots were NOT fired at our helicopter last night. Gunshots were heard in the proximity of Lawrence General Hospital helipad. Those shots were NOT directed at aircraft. ‬
Our aircraft departed from the helipad and transported the patient to Boston without incident. Upon landing the pilot was notified to inspect aircraft and no damage was located.

Medflight did not explain how they might know where the bullets were “directed” or not directed, or that the bullets were NOT fired at the aircraft since they did not see the shooter. They also did not explain why the aircraft needed to be inspected if they did not believe they were in the path of a bullet.



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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66 Responses to Med-flight Helicopter Shot at Taking off From Lawrence After 6 People Stabbed in Brawl

  1. John Mora Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Liked your article about the brawl . Peace in Lawrence is hard to obtain. Let’s get rid of all illegals

  2. Urban Cow Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Weird, your outlet is the only one covering this.

  3. JM Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    So, why does it say helicopter was shot if the helicopter wasn’t shot?

    • Jonathan Locke Reply

      May 28, 2017 at 11:02 AM

      Exactly, shot At doesn’t mean shot.

  4. Noneu Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Shot AT, no wjere does it say helicopter was shot.

  5. John Ortiz Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    “Peace in Lawrence is hard to obtain. Let’s get rid of all illegals.” I wont disagree that alot of stupidity goes on in my city of Lawrence, but theres no need to segregate, citizens and immigrants. Dumb, idiotic choices can be made by anyone. Leave the ignorance elsewhere, the idiots that cause this fight (including everything that has happened thus far this year) are the reasons why we have the police presences we currently have. #prayforabettertomorrow

  6. Pj Sisk Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    One can only hope the insensitive shooters are caught and face consequences. Nobody seems to have a conscience anymore!!

  7. BuildinZwall Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    No sanctuary for illegals. Get rid of the scum. They aren’t immigrants or citizens. They’re illegal aliens. The only ignorance here is yours, Ortiz.

    • Joanne Zuniga Reply

      May 30, 2017 at 8:41 PM

      You are clearly a ding dong. Please, leave this country and go back to whatever white supremacy nation you came from. I thank you in advance.

  8. Will ferrara Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    How many times did they write the word stabbed in this article?

  9. Nofukksgiven Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Fuckin ignorant fuck go home you an alien like every other mother fucker in this fuckin country this country was founded and over turn by ILLEGAL ALIENS you stupid fuck There isnt a single human being on this continent thats the complete and total heritage of this native land which make you what u fuck it makes u as ignorant as these dumbasses shootin innocent helos

    • Nofukksgiven Reply

      May 28, 2017 at 11:41 AM

      And on top yall illegally took over this country as ALIENS and then enslave “aliens” from other countries to do your bidding fuck out of here its our time fuck white or colored supremacy all this humble people have to rise to the occasion and be willing to fight these ignorant peices of manuer

      • Bill Smith Reply

        May 28, 2017 at 1:55 PM

        Graduate of Lawrence school system, eh?

    • Sue Hamillton Reply

      May 28, 2017 at 9:24 PM

      How many times can you drop the F Bomb in 1 sentence? You sound ignorant

    • Heather Reply

      May 29, 2017 at 12:16 PM

      Yah but we have papers! Do you?

    • Heather Reply

      May 29, 2017 at 12:24 PM

      Amen to “onelove” and “Jamie McDonald”. Let them continue to remove any doubt of their ignorance and lack of education! Just the fact that the name is “nofukksgiven” shows class off the bat! Keep talking nofukks this is comical for intelligent people!

  10. Steph Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 12:17 PM

    It doesn’t even say what race or ethnicity they were. They could be American citizens for all we know

  11. Grow the fk up Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Really does not matter what race they are they are scum for going to the hospital to get retribution and shooting at a helicopter that they ASSume has the person that was involved in the stabbing. Nothing but punk ass bitches.

  12. Holly gram Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Why does everyone think they were illegal..smh racist whites love pointing fingers

    • OneLove Reply

      May 28, 2017 at 2:07 PM

      “Racist whites” ? That is irony at its finest… it isn’t a race problem it’s a point fingers ignorantly and blame whole commiunities for the fault of a few. You want to make it better? Practice what you preach… be the voice of compassion and acceptance. Rise above it and be better than you were the day before and treat everyone the way you want treated. Hate is a learned behavior from uneducated and poorly expressed emotions.

    • Eyelicka Twatte Reply

      May 29, 2017 at 12:01 AM

      Maybe she’s from the area and knows how it is there? I’m white and from a nearby area, and all the underachieving whites love blaming the immigrants, when they were involved in all sorts of crime themselves. Before you get butthurt, I’m white too, but not the kind of white failure that blames immigrants for everything.

  13. J.J.Kitts Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    It’s Lawrence. Come on now. What do you expect? That place is worse than an open sewer. Expect to get stabbed, shot and/or raped.

  14. John Notanidiot Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    This is a fake story. No reports of any of this on real news stations in MA.

    • Dan Reply

      May 28, 2017 at 5:53 PM

      Sounds like this is the only news station that uses multiple sources instead of just regurgitating what police and hospital PIOs want them to report. You should be happy to have the real news. The other ones won’t report this because they are afraid to, since that unbelievable BS press release by the hospital. I’m going to believe the multiple witnesses, NOT the press release.

  15. 71montess Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    I’d bet my house they weren’t white.

  16. Francine Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    It figures in that pisshole city i bet it was the illegal immagrants that city will always be a shithole what needs to be done is deport all the illegal immagrats and maybe just maybe lawrence can recover but not until then i dont care how u try to pretty it up.

  17. Dmg Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Sad looks like the state police will be staying now good for lawrence

  18. ChillOutPeople Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    This story is completely false.

  19. LAWTOWN Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    well if your proud to be American than consider yourself a rapist murderer piece of shit so it was cool to come to this Indian land and rape all those lil kids and now that these shits want to make illegal to come into this least the majority of the immigrants that come HAVE NOT TRIED YET AGAIN I SAID YET TO GENOCIDE THE WHITE RACE…You should be ashamed of your self. But remember who rapes the most in America the white who leads in welfare fraud the whites who’s most addicted to drugs the whites who abuses Lil kids the most the whites who works for the government and steals from them the please check yourself cause most whites come to Lawrence to get drugs and then overdose in their own HIGH RICH WELL EDUCATED CITY LOL.oh yeah MOTHER FUCK DONALD TRUMP…..!!!

    • Tyree jonss Reply

      May 30, 2017 at 1:45 AM

      You do realize white people are 5x the black population… obviously there’d be more. Percentages are a different story and the only honest way to view this. Black on black murder accounts for 50% of all murders in US, despite being only 13% of our population. NYC blacks are 25% of population and make up 75% of shootings. Whites are 35% of population and make up less than 2%. Iran a cultural problem. Why are you citing things from 200 years ago? Grouping all white people together, also, is ridiculously ignorant and shows your lack of education, especially in the field of history. You’re a trained victim who can’t think for themselves.

  20. Fakenews Clickbait Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    You’re the one reporting that it WAS shot at, how did you reach that conclusion? Just because there were possible gun shots heard in the vicinity, doesn’t at all mean that anyone was shooting at the helicopter. It is your responsibility as a “journalist” to disperse accurate information, not wild speculation. This is how you lose whatever credibility you had.

    • Dan Reply

      May 28, 2017 at 5:57 PM

      They got the info from multiple witnesses. The hospital press release is BS fake. They have their own strange agenda on why they don’t want people to think their chopper was shot at. I believe multiple witnesses over some corporate PR guy any day of the week.

      • Fakenews Clickbait Reply

        May 28, 2017 at 6:35 PM

        What witnesses? Any names? Any police reports by those witnesses? You’d think if multiple witnesses saw this, the police would be involved, and Boston Medflight would also like to see the offender persecuted. I can’t think of any reason they wouldn’t pursue charges…I can think of many reasons this sorry excuse for a news site would make extravagant, wildly speculative claims…click bait.

  21. Mike Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 7:27 PM

    Lawrence is ruined, this once beautiful city, it took a bunch illegal, and the legal too.

  22. Massemt21 Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 8:30 PM

    The story is false. No aircraft was ever shot at.

    • King Cracker Reply

      May 29, 2017 at 6:31 AM

      You must be a liberal conspirator… or just someone with common sense.

    • Tom Duggan

      Tom Duggan Reply

      May 29, 2017 at 3:15 PM

      seriously? you were there? you interviewed witnesses?
      People who make declarative statements from their couch are hysterical

  23. firefox69 Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 1:23 AM

    I didn`t think guns allowed in that Commonwealth????

  24. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 3:42 AM

    We stand by the story our sources are good.
    ALL of them.
    For those demanding sources, we never give our sources.
    Or do you think we should out witnesses and put their lives in jeopardy?
    We stand on our record, we stand by our sources.

  25. Michael Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 5:24 AM

    Lawrence is like a third world country, there is nothing American about Lawrence. Anyone who is born here leaves the first chance they get.

  26. King Cracker Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 6:28 AM

    Your white boy blues is a fucking joke. The only people that ruined Lawrence is the poor white trash that failed to progress when their mills and factories shut down. Just like the coal miners in West Virginia. Now they’re all working at Dunkin, wasting their minimum wage paychecks at the bar, and on cigarettes and scratch tickets. Guarantee that you walk into any convenience store in this area and there’s a gang of white trash glued to the Keno screen wasting their welfare checks. So much white trash in this area its disgraceful. So there’s no room for finger pointing from you holier-than-thou whites. Clean up your own house before you place blame on anyone else. By the way, where did all the white people in Lawrence go? Why did they surrender their city to these horrible minorities?

    Now on to your fake news… ANY major media outlet would have jumped all over this story if it was true. The media loves sensationalism. They would have been there interviewing everyone, they would have been in Boston interviewing the poor old lady on the helicopter. Who’s your credible witness, Brian Williams? But you know, there’s that whole liberal conspiracy to conceal any wrongdoing by minorities. That’s why we never hear about them doing anything bad…

    • Tom Duggan

      Tom Duggan Reply

      May 29, 2017 at 4:12 PM

      the story is true

      • You are fake news Reply

        May 29, 2017 at 9:54 PM

        Clickbait. Please take this down. Making profit off hits.

      • Shay Reply

        June 6, 2017 at 12:39 AM

        Your story might be ‘true’ however your headliner is not. That is what people are irate about. It is misleading. You are arguing that your story is true. I think half the people get to the point in the story where it says the helicopter was ‘shot at’ and/or ‘wasn’t hit’ and they automatically associate your name/media source with BS since the headline is false. I think you’re making it worse on yourself than just creating a better headline that would also grab equally as much attention but can’t be deniable. Makes the whole thing look bad, or fake.

    • John Reply

      June 1, 2017 at 9:26 AM

      White trash definetly helped ruin that city but it jdon’t destroy your argument by saying they are the only thing that ruined it. Everyone’s comment on here is so I insane. No pun intended but not all issues in life are black and white. For the most part, life is a gray area.

  27. Vick cole Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Wtf? Headline says helicopter was “shot at” then the story clearly states the helicopter was NOT shot at, click bait much? Why is there no other outlets covering this? I call bullshit!

    • Jamie Mcdonald Reply

      May 29, 2017 at 9:37 AM

      The story was edited for correction after Boston medflight released a statement saying they were not shot at. But if you think about it, why would they have to.insoect the chopper if they weren’t shot at? If they were, that’s pretty low.

    • Tom Duggan

      Tom Duggan Reply

      May 29, 2017 at 3:14 PM

      did you read the whole story?
      They were indeed shot at.

  28. Jamie Mcdonald Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    I particularly love the comment by “nofukksgiven” that says “there’s not one person in this country that is native to the country” really? There are plenty of native Americans. Then they also said “the country is built on illegal immigrants” hahahaha no, it’s not though. The country is founded on immigrants, yes. However, immigrants who did it the right way and came legally. Go back to 3rd grade history class. I love when people try to post stuff thinking there smart and know something, only to make themselves sound like a complete moron.

  29. Maurice J Quirke Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    I am a NATIVE of this country, I was BORN here, son of a legal immigrant from Ireland, who received no welfare, no free anything, worked three jobs, raised six children with the woman he married, bought a house, taught us right from wrong, made sure we went to school and taught us to love this country.

    • Weebu Reply

      May 30, 2017 at 1:48 AM

      They refuse to take responsibility. No clue how poorly the Irish were treated either; big fucking babies who blame everyone but hemselves

  30. Sharon Baril Somes Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Just send them all back. Lets just keep if simple. Need more be said. Trump will prevail. It will cut down on so much violence. If you have the right last name you go to the front off the line, pass go and collect thousands of U.S. citizens benefits/dollars. It will cut down on 3/4th of the Crimea/crimes. AMEN

  31. Danny Pizzuto Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    So Duggan is now pushing for alternative “news” the eagle tribune and Boston news sources are reporting something completely different.

  32. James Cavanaugh Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    No wonder people are getting shot at with all the anger and hatred shown on this comments page alone! Man! If you can’t get along with others at least go get a life and get rid of all that anger before YOU blow a fuse and go do something stupid. LET IT GO.

  33. movink2001 Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    oh my god I read these as well as the story and I think back and say glad I moved my kids outta Lawrence when the oldest was 4 now if I could only get my parents out
    maybe we will get lucky and all the non criminals will leave and let these scumbags either be it black white brown yellow burn that shit hole to the ground then we doze it and then retake the city hopefully it would come with a new mayor

  34. Carmen Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Well if we see the people whos getting lawrence down are from Republica Dominicana i been living here for long my childrens when to the old high schhol and it was Not like this..we need to face this and said the true about what happening in Lawrence

  35. Henry Bowman Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Med Flights disputes your story. They put out a statement (posted on Fox 25 Boston) that their helicopter WAS NOT shot at, that gunshots were heard near the terminal but their helicopter was not the target.

  36. Ron Thibodeau Reply

    May 31, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    “A statement posted on Facebook and Twitter by a Boston MedFlight’s reports of shots being fired on one of its helicopters were not true..

    “Shots were NOT fired at our helicopter last night. Gunshots were heard in the proximity of Lawrence General Hospital helipad. Those shots were NOT directed at aircraft,” the statement said.

    “Our aircraft departed from the helipad and transported the patient to Boston without incident. Upon landing the pilot was notified to inspect aircraft and no damage was located,” the statement continued.”

  37. Amanda Reply

    May 31, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    Whether the story is true or not is irrelevant. The problem in the city of Lawrence is everyone pointing the finger at each other and putting every race but their own down.We are all immigrants, yes our ancestors did it in a more legal fashion but it was also more acceptable back then. We are tryng to ban mostly anyone from coming to our country. Not all illegals that came here are ignornant assholes shooting and stabbing people. Every culture has low lives and we always will. Yes, Lawrence isnt what it used to be and probably never will be but we also allowed it to keep getting worse. This country as a whole has been going to hell for years now and Trump certainly isnt going to change that over night or ever for that matter. Accept what our country has become and get over it. Blaming everyone doesnt fix anything and banning others from coming to this country isnt going to either. Say what you want about illegals but you wouldnt be here either if your ancestors didnt come here and our ancestors brought the blacks here and ivitited spanish cultures to join us. We turned our backs for too long regarding the gangs, drugs and violence and now we all want to act like we own the fucking country and blame everyone else. As a white 34 female born and raised in Lawrence i have never been shot, stabbed or even around anything like that. We all need to work together if we want real change and results…dividing races isnt the answer. Grow up and stop being so ignorant! Readinug these responses to the article not only enrages me but also makes me sick to see how fast everyone blames each other. Its always easier to point the finger than it is to look for the real underlying problem.

  38. What's more fakier than fakiest? Reply

    June 1, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Proud graduate of the Sensationalist School of Journalism. Somebody needs to wash the eRag.

  39. Linda Reply

    June 2, 2017 at 7:28 AM

    I agree with Amanda.Finally someone who says it like it is.You can’t just shift the blame of why the world is the way it is just on illegals.There are different people of all different walks of life to blame for the crime,the drugs,the violence,etc.There’s enough to go around for everyone and anyone who chooses to be involved in such activities.It is not just one group of people,it’s some of everyone!!

  40. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    June 3, 2017 at 11:00 PM

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading all these comments. As I went through them.. .especially those that were laced with profanity, confused race with immigration status and the ones that were just downright racist, I couldn’t help but think of how many of you would be in prison for posting these comments if you lived in any other country in the world. England, Germany, Russia, all of Asia, most of South America… all imprison people for insulting someone’s heritage, faith or other preferred group. BLESS THIS COUNTRY that every one of you have the right to express your opinions and show the rest of us how smart or utterly retarded you are.

  41. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    June 3, 2017 at 11:03 PM

    You will also notice I didn’t delete one comment no matter how over the line it was. Some have emailed me asking me to take some of this down but I think we learn more by seeing it.. all of it… as it is and as it was intended.

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