Man accused of firing shots outside Lynn school hosting basketball tourney


A man is being held without bail after he was accused of firing a gun outside a middle school where a basketball tournament was happening in Lynn, Massachusetts. Canseco Morillo, 25, is facing nine charges in connection with the shooting, according to his defense attorney . The charges include armed assault to murder and several firearms charges. Lynn police said the shooting happened at about 10:40 pm Friday outside the Thurgood Marshall Middle School, where the Shoe City Classic was taking place. Neighbors told NewsCenter 5 that they heard at least three gunshots come from the Marshall Middle School parking lot about 10 minutes after the final game of the day ended. Diego Barroso, who lives near the school, shared video from his home surveillance camera that shows dozens of people running for cover around the time the shooting happened.”Everybody was running around everywhere and even going in the back of the house. It was kind of scary,” Barroso said. No one was struck by a bullet, but police said a vehicle was struck by gunfire. The woman who was driving that vehicle suffered minor injuries when she was hit by shattered glass. Morillo was arrested by state police on Sunday and arraigned Monday in Lynn District Court. According to Morillo’s defense attorney, Morillo was on probation from a 2019 Essex County Superior Court case where he was charged with intimidating a witness. The arrest connected to the shooting puts Morillo in violation of that probation. In 2018, Morillo was charged with carrying a firearm without a license. In a statement released Saturday, Lynn Mayor Jared Nicholson said organizers of the Shoe City Classic decided that a modified tournament schedule was not workable and decided to cancel the rest of the event.”We really did our best to try to make it work and totally respect the tournament organizers’ decisions,” Nicholson said Monday.Simmie Anderson, director of the Shoe City Classic, said he is glad police found the suspect, but still wishes the tournament could have continued.”If you found the guy, let’s continue the tournament. Come down to the tournament if you’re the mayor or the (police) chief and say you found the guy and everyone here is going to be well protected. Add a couple extra cops on detail and let’s continue the tournament for the kids,” Anderson said Monday. Anderson noted that city officials made a number of demands tha t had to be met in order to continue the tournament, which he said tied his hands.”They were basically saying after that shooting, we can’t have all these Blacks all together like that in one area because we don’t know what’s going to happen,” Anderson said. This year’s Shoe City Classic was the 30th edition of the tournament. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held at the Marian Gardens basketball courts, but the event was moved indoors at Marshall Middle School due to rain. Morillo has been ordered to have no contact with any witnesses or victims of the shooting. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 15 for a dangerousness hearing.

A man is being held without bail after he was accused of firing a gun outside a middle school where a basketball tournament was happening in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Canseco Morillo, 25, is facing nine charges in connection with the shooting, according to his defense attorney. The charges include armed assault to murder and several firearms charges.

Lynn police said the shooting happened at about 10:40 pm Friday outside the Thurgood Marshall Middle School, where the Shoe City Classic was taking place.

Neighbors told NewsCenter 5 that they heard at least three gunshots coming from the Marshall Middle School parking lot about 10 minutes after the final game of the day ended.

Diego Barroso, who lives near the school, shared video from his home surveillance camera that shows dozens of people running for cover around the time the shooting happened.

“Everybody was running around everywhere and even going in the back of the house. It was kind of scary,” Barroso said.

No one was struck by a bullet, but police said a vehicle was struck by gunfire. The woman who was driving that vehicle suffered minor injuries when she was hit by shattered glass.

Morillo was arrested by state police on Sunday and arraigned Monday in Lynn District Court.

According to Morillo’s defense attorney, Morillo was on probation from a 2019 Essex County Superior Court case where he was charged with intimidating a witness. The arrest connected to the shooting puts Morillo in violation of that probation.

In 2018, Morillo was charged with carrying a firearm without a license.

In a statement released Saturday, Lynn Mayor Jared Nicholson said organizers of the Shoe City Classic decided that a modified tournament schedule was not workable and decided to cancel the rest of the event.

“We really did our best to try to make it work and totally respect the tournament organizers’ decisions,” Nicholson said Monday.

Simmie Anderson, director of the Shoe City Classic, said he is glad the police found the suspect, but still wishes the tournament could have continued.

“If you found the guy, let’s continue the tournament. Come down to the tournament if you’re the mayor or the (police) chief and say you found the guy and everyone here is going to be well protected. Add a couple extra cops on detail and let’s continue the tournament for the kids,” Anderson said Monday.

Anderson noted that city officials made a number of demands that had to be met in order to continue the tournament, which he said tied his hands.

“They were basically saying after that shooting, we can’t have all these Blacks all together like that in one area because we don’t know what’s going to happen,” Anderson said.

This year’s Shoe City Classic was the 30th edition of the tournament. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held at the Marian Gardens basketball courts, but the event was moved indoors at Marshall Middle School due to rain.

Morillo has been ordered to have no contact with any witnesses or victims of the shooting. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 15 for a dangerousness hearing.

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