Police were called to the area around 5:10 p.m. and found shell casings, according to WHDH.
Methuen police released a photo of the scene around 5:30 p.m., noting that no one was injured during the incident.
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“The homework center’s managers took them [kids] and hid them in the area where we instructed them to and got them away from the front of the building,” Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon told the news station. “The kids were very shaken up.”
Police are asking for help finding a dark-colored vehicle seen on surveillance footage. The suspect is believed to have “fired several shots” just outside the center, according to WHDH.
“This has always been a safe haven for this neighborhood,” Solomon said, according to WCVB. “Kids come here, the officers work with them. This is where we’re able to keep the kids safe, so it’s very alarming that this would happen directly in front of our center.”