Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department is actively investigating a shooting that occurred on Sunday evening.

At about 7:30 p.m., police responded to the area of 44 Waverly Place, off West Wyoming Drive, for a report of a shooting.

Responding officers located two male victims suffering from gunshot wounds to their lower extremities. Officers immediately began providing medical care on scene until paramedics arrived. The victims were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. Their conditions are unknown at this time. 

A preliminary on-scene investigation indicates that the shooting stemmed from a verbal altercation between the suspect and victims. It is believed that the parties are known to each other and that this was not a random act. 

Police are actively searching for the suspect. The suspect was described as a white male with a beard, 130-140 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

The suspect is believed to be armed. Anyone who believes they see someone fitting this description should call 911. Do not approach the man.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area as police continue to investigate. Residents should expect to see a significant police presence in the area for the next several hours.

This is a developing situation. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Tom Zuppa is a JGPR Account Executive based in North Andover. He can be reached at 978-769-5614 or