SALEM — A young man air-lifted to a Boston hospital with a gunshot wound after a shooting Saturday afternoon was reported Sunday to be in stable condition with a good prognosis.

Police Capt. Frederick Ryan said the 18-year-old, whose identity has not yet been released, was struck by bullets fired from a passing car on Palmer Street near Mary Jane Lee Park in the city's Point neighborhood.

He was conscious at the scene and talking with detectives and patrol officers, police said.

Ryan said police believe the attack was gang-related and in retaliation for something the victim had done. He said the victim has been cooperating with city and state police investigators, and, although no one is yet in custody, police do not anticipate any further risk to the public. 

Although this is the second Salem shooting in as many weeks, police do not believe there is any connection between the two, Ryan said.

Last Saturday, an 18-year-old Everett woman was shot from a passing vehicle as she sat in her car on Chase Street. Her injuries were non-life-threatening.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis. 

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