EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 9, 2013

Police seeking shooter; victim critical

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — Police say they are getting close to solving a shooting that took place over the weekend in which a 19-year-old Haverhill man suffered multiple gun shot wounds.

Police said the victim was driven to Freeman Street early Sunday evening to pick up some of his belongings when he was shot outdoors. The rear window of a compact car that brought him to Freeman Street was shot out, according to police.

“We are actively working the case and we’re confident there will be arrests made,” said Haverhill police spokesman Lt. Robert Pistone.

The victim, whose name is not being released by police at this time, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital for multiple gunshot wounds and was later transferred to a Boston area hospital. Police said that as of midnight Sunday, the man was listed in critical but stable condition.

Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said police were notified at 5:49 p.m. Sunday of a shooting on Freeman Street, which is in the Mount Washington neighborhood.

Thompson said officers found the wounded man lying in the street in the area of 43 Freeman St. Police would not discuss any motive for the shooting.

At about the same time, a black Honda Civic arrived at the police station with two people, a Haverhill male and female, police said.

“The vehicle had its rear window shot out,” Thompson said. “The couple entered the station and reported that their friend had been shot on Freeman Street.”

Thompson said the couple had driven the 19-year-old man to Freeman Street to pick up some belongings from an apartment in a multi-family building. He said witnesses told police there was a group of men in the area at the time the man was shot.

“A group of people were seen congregating near the area, several houses away from where the victim was found,” Thompson said.

Anyone with information about this incident are asked to call police at 978-373-1212.