Medford police seek men who fired gun at party

Medford police are looking for several young men who brought out a gun that accidentally fired during an argument at a party on Haven Street early Sunday.

A report of a disturbance in which a handgun was fired brought officers to a house in the 300 block of Haven Street, Medford, at about 1:10 a.m. Sunday, Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said.

A group of young adults share the home, and several of the women who live there hosted a party Saturday night, he said. During the gathering, four men and a woman arrived that the hostesses said they didn't know but were said to be friends of a friend.

When an argument broke out between the party-goers, one of the newcomers showed a gun, witnesses told police. Two of the women who live at the house tried to intervene. One jumped on the armed man's back, while the other tried to grab the weapon, Budreau said. The man swung the gun, hitting at the women's heads. In the tussle, the gun fired into the floor.

No one needed medical attention after the altercation, police said.

The group with the handgun fled in a dark-colored Ford Escort before officers arrived, Budreau said.

Investigators continue to interview witnesses today and are looking for the group that fled.

Budreau said the two primary suspects in the altercation are a white man in his 20s who was described as being about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a white tank top. He likely had the gun, although another man might also have had it at some point.

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds.

The others with them were described as two men and a woman who could be Samoan.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Detective Tony Young at 774-2244.

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