UPDATE: Two boys arrested, man in “critical condition” after shooting downtown Monday, police say

Salem police surround the area of Northeast Chemeketa Street between High and Church Streets, near Salem Center Mall downtown Monday afternoon. (Ardeshir Tabrizian/Salem Reporter)

UPDATE: The man injured in the shooting remained in critical condition as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to Angela Hedrick, Salem police spokeswoman.

Original story below:

Police say two teen boys were arrested after a shooting Monday afternoon left a man hospitalized.

The incident came after an argument between several people at the Cherriots Transit Mall, according to a Salem Police Department news release.

Salem officers responded around 2:45 p.m. Monday to a parking lot on the west side of Columbia Bank on Northeast Center Street to a report of a person with a gunshot wound.

Officers found a 20-year-old man who was wounded by gunfire and called for emergency medical aid, according to a Salem police news release.

The injured person was transported to Salem Hospital with a life-threatening injury. Their condition was unknown as of 10 p.m. Monday, police said in the release.

Witnesses in the area provided descriptions that led officers to find and detain several people.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on charges including attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

Another boy, 14, was arrested on charges of menacing and unlawful use of a weapon. Police say he brandished a knife during the dispute.

Both teens were lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police said they will not release the names of the teens due to their age. Juvenile court records are generally confidential under state law.

The the area of Northeast High and Church Streets between Court and Chemeketa Streets was closed off for around two hours as police investigated the incident. All streets were reopened just before 5:30 p.m.

Police in the release asked anyone with information about the incident to call the agency’s Tips Line at 503-588-8477. 

Salem Police spokeswoman Angela Hedrick said Monday evening the department did not ask the Salem-Keizer School District for any lockdowns or issue a shelter-in-place notification, which can be triggered when police are uncertain whether the public is at risk.

This story was updated after the Salem Police Department provided more details about the incident.

Northeast Chemeketa Street was closed off Monday afternoon between High and Church Streets after police said one person was injured in a shooting Monday afternoon. (Ardeshir Tabrizian/Salem Reporter)

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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