EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 14, 2013

Police: Man shot several times is released from hospital

Officers still searching for man identified as shooter

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — The victim of last month’s shooting on Freeman Street who was in critical condition after the attack has been released from a Boston hospital, police said.

But investigators continue to search for a man who shot the victim several times, police said.

Several days after the April 7 shooting, police identified a suspect in the shooting as Learde Rodriguez, 23, whose last known address was in Haverhill. Rodriguez is wanted by police on a charge of assault with intent to murder.

Police were notified April 7 at 5:49 p.m. of a shooting on Freeman Street, in the inner-city Mount Washington neighborhood.

When officers arrived, they found a 19-year-old Haverhill man lying in the street and suffering from several gunshot wounds.

Police have refused to discuss the motive for the shooting. The victim, whose name is not being released by police, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital and was later transferred to a Boston hospital. Yesterday, Police Detective Capt. Alan Ratte said the man has been released from the hospital.

About the same time police were responding to the shooting, a black Honda Civic arrived at the police station with two people inside, a man and woman both from Haverhill, police said.

“The vehicle had its rear window shot out,” Police Deputy Chief Donald 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-unit building.

He said witnesses told police there was a group of men in the area at the time the man was shot.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Learde Rodriguez, 23, is asked to call police at 978-373-1212. You can also leave a message on the Police Department's anonymous tip line by following the prompts.