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  • Medford police probe drive-by shooting

  • No one was injured in a drive-by shooting reported Tuesday night on Benson Street in west Medford.
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  • No one was injured in a drive-by shooting reported Tuesday night on Benson Street in west Medford.
    Investigators said two to three shots rang out on the street at around 8:40 p.m.
    Witnesses in the area said they heard the shots and saw some people fleeing before a car sped away.
    "Fortunately, no one was injured," Medford police Sgt. Mark Boone said.
    Police said they have a potential suspect in mind, but did not share his name. Boone said officers were also looking for a car associated with the suspect that was seen leaving the area.
    "This remains a dynamic investigation and we have a lot of work to do," Boone said.
    Patrol cars blocked off Benson Street, which is tucked in a residential area a block away from South Columbus Avenue, and placed orange cones in the area where the shooting occurred.
    Boone said the shooting was possibly gang-related, but he declined to comment further.
    "We've got some good leads to go on at this point," Boone said.
    Officers fanned out across the street, interviewing people who live near the shooting site. One goal was to check on people close to the crime scene to make sure no residents might have been hit by a bullet and are injured inside their homes, Boone said.
    This section of west Medford near North and South Columbus avenues has seen other drive-by shootings recently. On Feb. 20, near the corner of Summit Avenue and West Main Street, which is about seven blocks away from Tuesday's night's shooting, gunfire rang out of a car.
    A bullet from the shooting shattered the window of a nearby home. The resident inside was not hurt.
    Another drive-by shooting occurred March 8 on Bryant Street, just off of North Columbus Avenue.
    No one was injured in the shooting, which might have involved a car full of juveniles that was last seen speeding away on Columbus.
    Boone said investigators would most likely work late into the night to collect evidence in Tuesday night's shooting.
    "Evidence collection is an important part of this," Boone said.
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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