State Police are checking locations in Hamilton and Wenham in the search for a suspect in a North Beverly shooting on Friday night.
State Police said they are searching for a man in connection to the shooting, which happened just before 6 p.m. outside Starbucks on Enon Street, less than a half-mile south of the Wenham town line on Route 1A.
A man was shot in the leg and was taken to Beverly Hospital, where he underwent surgery, according to State Trooper Todd Nolan. He is listed in serious condition, police said.
The Essex County District Attorney’s office is leading the investigation. District Attorney Spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan was not immediately available for comment.
Nolan said state troopers from the Danvers and Newbury barracks, including two K9 officers, were assisting Beverly Police in the investigation and had searched various locations in Hamilton and Wenham, plus Beverly and Rowley, for the suspect.
New England Cable News, not citing a source, reported on its website that an off-duty Hamilton police officer was wanted in connection to the shooting. Nolan said the search was focused on several residences, but could not provide further details about why police were lead to those locations.
When asked whether the search was for an off-duty Hamilton officer, Nolan said, “I am not going to deny it,” but added that he could provide no further details about the suspect other than it was a lone male.
A male who answered the telephone at the on Friday night said that the department had no comment. He said no supervisors were available to speak.