Two shootings in Chelsea

Two separate shootings over a two day period in Chelsea have left one teen in critical condition, another man wounded and one man in police custody.

In the first incident Chelsea Police have arrested a 26-year-old Chelsea resident and charged him with a multitude of charges.

Hector Vargas-Garcia, 26, of Chelsea was charged with Assault with Intent to Murder and Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm after an argument on the street turned violent Monday night.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting infront of 129 Marlboro St. at 11:50 p.m.

Upon arriving, officers were met in the street by a 44 year old Chelsea resident suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The wounded party and witnesses directed officers to 123 Marlboro St. where the suspect was observed entering the rear third floor apartment.

Officers entered the apartment and arrested Vargas-Garcia without incident. Officers also recovered the firearm believed to have been used in the attack. Witnesses reported to officers that Garcia had words with the victim on the street and during the encounter pulled out a firearm and fired one shot causing the injury.

The victim, whose name is not being released, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and is listed in stable condition after surgery.

Garcia was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on several charges and is being held on $50,000 bail.

The second incident occurred after a teen was shot Tuesday afternoon.

Chelsea Police and Massachusetts State Police Detectives are investigating the afternoon shooting that left a 17-year-old-male from Chelsea in critical condition after suffering a single gunshot wound to the head. Chelsea officers received numerous calls after the shooting in the area of 71 Essex St. at 4:16 p.m.

Officers arrived and found the male victim unconscious in a nearby driveway. The victim, whose name is not being released, was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition.

Witnesses told officers that unknown males drove up in an older grey model Honda to where the victim and group of other youth had gathered and fired several rounds as the group fled. Chelsea and State Police Detectives assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office are continuing the investigation.

Chelsea residents are reminded they can provide information anonymously to the Police Department by calling the 24 hr Crime Stoppers TIP line at 617-466-4880 or texting the word Chelsea and then their message to tip411 (847411) from their cell phone. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Departments website at

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