Three men charged in Howard Street shooting

MIKE SPRINGER/Staff photoPolice block traffic on Howard Street Thursday evening following a shooting on the 300 block.

LAWRENCE — Three suspects were arrested and charged with shooting a man on Howard Street late Thursday afternoon, police Chief Roy Vasque said.

The victim was treated at the scene by Lawrence General Hospital emergency medical technicians and paramedics and Lawrence firefighters. He was airlifted to a Boston hospital, Vasque said.

The unidentified victim was still alive late Thursday night, the chief said. The three suspects were expected to be held at the police station overnight and arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Friday, Vasque said.

They will likely be charged with attempted murder, Vasque said.

The investigation by Lawrence and state police is continuing.

"Three arrests is a good start," Vasque said. The shooting happened at around 5:30 p.m. The incident brought a massive law enforcement response to Howard Street, including K-9 units from the state police and Essex County Sheriff's Department.

North Andover Officer Eric Sewade and Mojo, the dog he handles, also went to the scene. Police searched an apartment building at 333 Howard St., but the shooting took place on the other side of the street, outside 306 Howard St., according to John McNeil, a neighborhood resident.

McNeil said he was inside his home when he heard the shots fired. McNeil said he did not see the victim or his assailant, but he heard the gunman "was wearing a hat."

The matter is under investigation by Lawrence police detectives and state troopers assigned to the Essex District Attorney's Office.

Neighbors questioned by The Eagle-Tribune said there was a shooting but they didn't know who the victim was or who shot him.

Auxiliary police officers blocked Howard Street at Pleasant and Platt streets. Most of the buildings in the closely packed neighborhood are duplexes or triple deckers. A sign on one house reads, "security cameras in use."