At least 8 people shot at ‘pop-up’ party advertised on social media

METHUEN, MA – A late-night gathering in Methuen turned violent early Sunday, leaving seven people shot and wounded, and an eighth injured while fleeing the scene. The incident occurred just before 2 a.m. at a pop-up party organized through social media, according to local authorities.

The victims, aged 17 to 22, were caught in the crossfire during the event, which drew hundreds of young people. Two of the wounded remain in critical condition, officials said during a news conference. Methuen, a city situated roughly 28 miles north of Boston near the New Hampshire border, was the site of the chaotic scene.

Essex County District Attorney Paul Tucker expressed his dismay over the violence, noting the significant amount of ballistic evidence recovered. “It’s quite remarkable that more people weren’t injured given the circumstances,” Tucker remarked.

Authorities have yet to identify any suspects or recover any weapons related to the shooting. Methuen Police Chief Scott McNamara mentioned that law enforcement has been vigilant in monitoring other locations known for similar gatherings, but this particular event took place at a new venue and marked the first instance of such severe violence.

Chief McNamara described the typical nature of these meet-ups, which often involve loud music and disorderly conduct. “We usually manage to mitigate these situations effectively,” he said. “Unfortunately, last night’s event took a tragic turn.”

The investigation is ongoing, and officials urge anyone with information to come forward to assist in identifying those responsible for the shooting.