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Gunman who opened fire near a Lynn school arrested, police say

Police say they identified 23-year-old Anthony Gutierrez through surveillance footage

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A man accused of shooting at a car in Lynn, Massachusetts last week, gunfire that set off a shelter-in-place order, has been arrested, officials announced Monday.

Anthony Gutierrez, 23, of Lynn, was arraigned Monday afternoon in Lynn District Court hours after state police's violent fugitive apprehension team arrested him in Salem. He's facing several charges including assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and illegal possession of ammunition without an FID card, the district attorney's office said.

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Investigators allege that Gutierrez opened fire on a Toyota Camry near the intersection of Commercial and Neptune Street around 11:30 a.m. last Wednesday. The shooting sent people running; others ducked for cover in the back of a delivery truck.

Two Lynn police officers heard the gunfire and immediately started searching for the gunman.

No one was hurt, but Lynn Vocational Technical Institute and surrounding residents and businesses were asked to shelter in place.

The lockdown was lifted after about an hour, but the shooter had remained at large. At the time investigators said the shooting was not random.

Police say they identified 23-year-old Anthony Gutierrez through surveillance footage.

According to police, Gutierrez was seen on surveillance footage shooting at the vehicle. Police say he was targeting a passenger in the Toyota Camry.

His lawyer Jon Pickering spoke after court Monday, saying, "I don't have any information for you at this time. As of right now he is charged with firearms, he is presumed innocent, and he will be back here for a bail hearing."

Gutierrez's roommate, Mark Paliy, was also in court Monday. Prosecutors say when police served a search warrant at Gutierrez's house, they found a loaded gun wrapped in clothing in Paliy's room.

The 21-year-old was subsequently charged with defacing a firearm serial number, unlawful possession of ammunition, improper storage of a firearm, possession of a large capacity firearm, and possession of a firearm without an FID card, the district attorney's office said.

Paliy's lawyer said in court that the gun doesn't belong to him and must have been placed there by someone else.

Both men were held pending a dangerousness hearing on Monday, Sept. 25, in Lynn District Court.

Lynn has been grappling with concerns of violence in recent weeks, including deadly shootings that prompted community meetings about what can be done in the city.

The search is on for a man who police say opened fire in broad daylight Wednesday.
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