Car found in possible gang-related shooting

Medford police have found the vehicle involved in what investigators are calling a gang-related shooting Tuesday night in west Medford.

Police also have identified several people suspected of being involved, but no arrests had been made, police said in a news release Wednesday morning.

Investigators found shell casings at the scene of the shooting near the intersection of Benson Street and Dakota Avenue.

No one was hurt in the shooting, which was reported at about 8:40 p.m. Three gunshots were heard before witnesses reported seeing a car speed away.

Lt. Mike Budreau said the case could be gang-related, but that had not been confirmed.

"We're still sorting out the motive and the who," he said. "This is our top priority for today."

Authorities worked the case until 3 a.m. Wednesday, interviewing potential witnesses and canvassing the surrounding neighborhood. They continued to work the case through the day.

"We still have some good leads," Budreau said. "We will not tolerate this type of behavior in Medford. Whether or not anybody was hit, it's a big deal."

This area of west Medford near Columbus Avenue has seen other drive-by shootings recently. On Feb. 20, near the corner of Summit Avenue and West Main Street, about seven blocks from Tuesday night's shooting, a bullet fired from a passing car shattered the window of a nearby home. The resident inside was not hurt.

Another drive-by shooting occurred March 8 on Bryant Street, just off of North Columbus Avenue. No one was injured in the shooting, which might have involved a car full of juveniles that was last seen driving away on Columbus.

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