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    Teenage girl recovering following Friday night shooting in Lawrence

    A 16-year-old girl was recovering in a Boston hospital Saturday after she was shot Friday night leaving the scene of a large fight in a Lawrence street, according to police and the Essex district attorney’s office.

    Lawrence police arrested a man who drove the girl to a local hospital on a warrant for an unrelated shooting, the department said in a statement posted to its website early Saturday afternoon.

    Shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, Lawrence police responded to a report of shots fired on High Street, where a large number of people were fighting, the statement said.


    The unidentified girl was a passenger in a black BMW that had carried several people involved in the fight to the scene, police said.

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    After the car arrived, one of the BMW’s occupants got out of the vehicle and fired into the air, which was followed by shots fired from someone coming out of a home, the statement said.

    “As the BMW was leaving the scene, an individual exited a High Street address and shot several rounds into the car, one of which struck the victim,” the statement said.

    The BMW’s driver, Christian Figueroa, 20, took the girl to Lawrence General Hospital, and during the trip, a gun was thrown from the vehicle, police said.

    At the hospital, Lawrence police detectives identified Figueroa and discovered he had an active warrant for his arrest for an unrelated shooting. Figueroa was taken into custody on the warrant for several firearms-related charges, police said.


    Police found the gun that was thrown from the vehicle. The statement did not identify either shooter involved in the incident.

    The victim survived the night and is expected to recover, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office.

    The investigation, which remains very active, is being conducted by Lawrence police and the State Police unit assigned to the Essex district attorney’s office.

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