LAWRENCE – One man was killed and another seriously injured in separate shootings in the city Monday, police said.
An unidentified man in his 20s was killed in a drive-by shooting while walking down Brook Street about 5 p.m. He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, said police Chief Roy Vasque.
The chief could not confirm media reports that the victim was shot in the head.
Another man, 35 years old, was shot in the back on Essex Street about 5 a.m. Monday, according to police. He was taken to a local hospital before being flown to Boston. He is expected to recover.
Vasque said the shootings are "definitely not" related.
After a foot chase by police and a search by a K-9 unit, two men were arrested following the morning shooting. Jeffrey Graciani, 35, of Lawrence is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and several firearms offenses.
In a third incident, shots were fired on Hancock Street about 7 p.m., but no one was hit, according to Vasque.
At 5:48 a.m., police received a report of a gunshot wound victim at 940 Essex St. According to police, the victim, Graciani and another man arrested for active warrants were attending the same house party in the area.
A gray SUV was seen fleeing the scene of the shooting and was found a short time later at 700 Essex St., where it had crashed into a pole and come to rest against a fence. The vehicle was empty, but a gun was found inside.
A few moments later, police found two men near the Merrimack Courts housing project on Essex Street. The men fled when they saw the officers, police said. One of the suspects was arrested after a short foot chase; the other was found a few blocks away, hiding in a Lowell Street backyard, by an Essex County Sheriff K-9.
In addition to Graciani, Twaldo Baez, 35, of Lawrence was arrested for outstanding warrants.
Evening shooting, shots fired
Less than 12 hours later, police received several 911 calls reporting a drive-by shooting at 115-119 Brook St.
Vasque said the shooting "could be" gang related, and appears to have been targeted. He said the victim "appeared to be by himself, walking" when the shooting occurred.
"We've had some problems down here with that, so it could be (gang related) at this point," Vasque said. "I don't know who he is, we have to figure all that out."
Police have since identified the victim, but have not released his name publicly.
Immediately after the shooting, Vasque said the police did not yet have any suspects but were searching for a vehicle of interest in the case. He declined to describe the vehicle.
Police blocked off about one block of the street around the scene of the crime, where a pool of blood could be seen on the sidewalk. Police had marked at least four shell casings in the street with crime tape.
Neighbors leaned out of their windows at 15-19 Brook St. to watch the police activity. Others watched from their front porches.
A group of young children watched from the corner, where one stood with a skateboard and another ate a blue ice pop. They left the corner when officers extended the crime scene tape in their direction.
More shots were fired on Hancock Street about two hours after the murder, but no one was hit, Vasque said. He said he was not "100 percent sure" if the incidents were related.