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January 31, 2014

One arrested in double shooting

Probe continues into melee in Haverhill neighborhood

HAVERHILL — Police said a man who shot another man in the head was shot himself by the victim’s brother moments later.

The shootings were part of a chaotic incident that happened at the intersection of Cedar Street and 8th Avenue last Friday, police said.

One man has been arrested and the investigation continues, police said.

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

Haverhill detectives arrested Cameron Vitalone, 22, on Wednesday outside of 66 5th Ave. as he got out a vehicle. Vitalone is the brother of one of the shooting victims. Police charged him 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.

Yesterday in Haverhill District Court at Vitalone’s arraignment, Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo said that on Friday evening, police were called to the intersection of Cedar Street and 8th Avenue on a report of a disturbance and a shooting. Police found Robert Jacobs, who’d been shot in the left side of his chin. The bullet exited his left temple area.

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

DePaulo said that police believe two people ended up getting shot last Friday night with the same gun: a .38 caliber Taurus revolver that police found on the sidewalk near 43 8th Ave. He said the State Police seized the gun, which held two empty shells.

DePaulo said the person who allegedly shot Jacobs was attacked by some of the people who came pouring out of the house that Jacobs had come out of, including Vitalone.

“At some point they take the gun from (the shooter) and at some point it ends up in his hands,” DePaulo said while motioning towards Vitalone.

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