, Salem, MA

January 5, 2013

Peabody shooting no random act


---- — PEABODY — The shooting that left 27-year-old John Leger in a Boston hospital with an apparent gunshot wound to the thigh was not a random act, Peabody police said in a statement.

At 8:55 p.m. Thursday, patrol units responded to his residence at 197 Washington St., Apt. 3, on a report of the sound of gunshots.

Police responded and found the wounded Leger. He was treated and transported by Atlantic Ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital. Police said the injury does not appear to be life-threatening. He was conscious and alert when help arrived.

“The incident does not appear to be a random act,” the statement from Peabody police said.

A woman was taken to the police station after the incident, according to the log.

A spokesperson for Mass General said nobody named John Leger was listed in their directory as of yesterday evening.

Peabody police and detectives, assisted by state police detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s office, are investigating.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews. Staff writer Neil H. Dempsey contributed to this report.