By Staff

SALEM (CBS) – A shooting outside a Salem restaurant caused a scene on Sunday night. Police responded to Derby Street near Brothers Taverna around 10 p.m.

“Officers found a large group of individuals outside the establishment yelling and screaming, with more individuals attempting to push themselves back inside the establishment creating a chaotic scene,” police said.

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A 26-year-old Lynn man was found with gunshot wounds to his mid-section. He was rushed to a Boston hospital.

Police blocked off the space between two buildings on Derby Street and continued the investigation into Monday morning.

According to a Brothers Taverna worker, the incident started as a bar fight and then escalated. “They said there was a shooting and they were definitely scared but luckily they got the person to the hospital right away,” said Alexis Grenier.

“Everything was going fine. Everyone was wearing a mask, we were at capacity, following the rules. And then violence broke out randomly with some random people, not even our usual guests that usually come in,” said Grenier. She opened up the restaurant Monday morning and was tasked with cleaning up the mess inside.

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She also said police have been called to the area before.

“I don’t understand how they could do that during a pandemic. I think everyone should probably be a little happier and help each other out,” Grenier added. “Especially on a Sunday, what if there were families?”

According to police, no suspects were found at the scene but one man was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest because of his actions as police tried to gain control over the scene.

The shooting is not believed to be random and there is no threat to the general public.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Criminal Investigations Division at 978-745-9700 or the anonymous tip line at 978-619-5627. Staff