EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 8, 2014

Man charged with shooting person in head remains jailed

Victim in drug deal gone bad expected to recover, police say

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — A New Hampshire man who police said came to Haverhill to buy drugs has been charged with shooting a man in the head.

The victim survived and is expected to make a full recovery, police said.

Adam “Ace” Montgomery, 24, of Manchester, was arraigned on the charges last week in Haverhill District Court, where he was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for March 13.

Montgomery was charged with armed robbery and armed assault to murder in connection with the incident, which happened the night of Jan. 24 on Cedar Street in the Acre neighborhood. He was also charged with carrying a firearm without a license and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

On the night of the incident, police were called to the intersection of Cedar Street and 8th Avenue on a report of a disturbance and a shooting. Police said they found Robert Jacobs, who had been shot in the left side of his chin. The bullet exited his left temple area, police said.

Jacobs was taken to Lawrence General Hospital then Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, where he was expected to make a full recovery, police said.

Police later charged a third man, Cameron Vitalone, 22, with shooting Montgomery in the arm.

The two shootings took place within minutes of each other, and police said they were the result of a drug deal gone bad.

Vitalone is the brother of Jacobs. Police charged Vitalone with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

Vilalone was arraigned on the charges Jan. 30, where a judge set bail at $50,000 and revoked his bail on a pending Superior Court case in Lawrence on gun charges.

According to a police report, on Jan. 28, the U.S. Marshall’s office located Montgomery in Manchester, N.H., and arrested him on an unrelated probation violation warrant out of Middlesex Superior Court. Montgomery had a bullet wound in his right arm, the report stated. Montgomery was transported to Elliot Hospital, where he was interviewed by Haverhill police detectives.

According to the police report, Montgomery told investigators that he went to 8th Avenue and Cedar Street to buy heroin but he didn’t know the name of the person he was to buy it from. He said he was to meet the seller in the hallway of an apartment building, but when he arrived, there were four or five people there and they tried to rob him of the $280 he planned to spend on the heroin.

Police said witnesses told them Montgomery had a gun and, as he and Jacobs struggled, it went off, wounding Jacobs.

Montgomery told police that he was struck in the back of the head and somehow ended up outside, where he was punched and kicked, then shot.

Montgomery told police that he was nearly certain that Jacobs was the person he was there to buy drugs from.