Woman Shot While Sitting in Her Car in Chelsea

Police said they do not believe the woman was the intended target

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A woman was shot while getting into her car in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on Thursday afternoon.

The shooting was reported in the area of Washington Avenue shortly after 1 p.m., police said.



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The 68-year-old woman told police she was getting into her car when she was shot. She tried to drive herself to the hospital but was eventually taken by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for a serious chest wound. She is currently listed in stable condition and expected to survive.

Police said they do not believe the woman was the intended target. They think the shooter was aiming for people in another vehicle that fled the scene.

A 68-year-old woman who was shot in broad daylight in Chelsea was not the intended target, authorities say.

Aerial footage showed a heavy police presence and crime scene tape being put up at separate locations on Washington Avenue and on Everett Avenue.

Police said a silver Acura that might have been involved fled the initial scene but was later stopped in Revere. A male suspect was also seen fleeing on foot down Sixth Street toward the Silver Line MBTA station after the shooting.

Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden said his office will assist with the investigation.

"Our office is on scene and providing all assistance possible to the Chelsea detectives investigating this tragic incident.  Our thoughts are with the victim and we wish her a full recovery.  This broad daylight shooting illuminates, yet again, the dangers posed by people who carry illegal guns and demonstrate no reluctance to use them," he wrote in a statement.

A man who lives in the area said he was opening the door to his home when he heard the gunshots.

"I heard five gunshots," he said. "I didn't see anything, but I heard the gunshots."

He said the area is usually pretty quiet, but there have been a few shootings in the past.

Chelsea and state police detectives are at the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

No further information was immediately available.

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