REVERE — A SWAT team swarmed an apartment building here late Thursday night searching for a suspect in a shooting that critically injured a man in the Shirley Avenue neighborhood.
The team cleared the building at 9 Dehon St. after finding it unoccupied, State Police announced just after mdinight.
State Police resources that responded cleared the area at 11:38 p.m., but its detective unit will continue to assist Revere police in the investigation, David Procopio, a department spokesman said in an e-mail.
One person was arrested for the shooting, but police were searching the Dehon Street property for the suspect believed to be the shooter, Revere Police Chief James Guido said.
“We’re pretty sure we know who the suspect is,” Guido told reporters at the scene at around 10:30 p.m. “We’re searching now to make sure he’s not in the building.”
The victim, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital where he was taken into surgery. His condition was critical, Procopio said.
Guido said the shooting occurred during an argument amongst a group of seven or eight people at about 7:30 p.m. on Dehon Street. A person in that group produced a handgun during the argument and fired a single shot, he said.
“We’re pretty sure we know who the shooter is,” Guido said.
If the suspect is not found there Thursday night, police would obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect, Guido said.
At least a dozen state and local police officers responded to the area of Centennial Avenue. The victim was found nearby on Shirley Avenue, Procopio said.
Yellow crime scene tape was used to close a large stretch of the street located near the Revere Beach stop on the MBTA Blue Line. Inside the crime scene were several homes and the Cinco de Mayo Restaurante y Bar.
An employee of the restaurant told the Globe by telephone that the shooting took place down the street from the location. “It sounded like a little firecracker,” the employee said of the gunshots.
The employee, who declined to give his name, said three people inside the restaurant were not able to leave while police investigated.Adam Sennott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Danny McDonald can be reached at Danny.McDonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @danny__mcdonald.