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October 25, 2013

Shooting victim had several past brushes with violence

In October 2002, then-17-year-old David Rivera told a Lawrence police officer he was walking up Farnham Street at night when a car pulled up and someone inside opened fire with two different guns.

One of the bullets hit him in the back and he was treated at Lawrence General Hospital. Police found a total of 20 casings on the street after the attack.

More than 11 years later, gunfire again found Rivera, but he wasn’t as fortunate. Rivera, 28, of Farnham Street in Lawrence, was shot to death outside the Sahara Club on Bates Street in Methuen just before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said his officers are still conducting interviews to figure out who shot Rivera and why. His investigators are working with the Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office and State Police.

Steve O’Connell, a spokesman for Blodgett, said he could not comment on whether a weapon was recovered at the Sahara or whether the shooting is related to the fatal shooting of Edgar Ramos in Lawrence on Oct. 18.

Rivera spent time at the Correctional Alternative Center in 2001 and 2002, before the Farnham Street shooting, for possession of a stolen car. He and three others walked away from The Farm, as the low-security Lawrence facility is known, one day in March 2002 and went on a joyride, but were picked up again a short time later.

He was in minor trouble locally in 2004 for knowingly receiving stolen property and shoplifting, according to records from Lawrence District Court.

But in 2005, he was arrested in Kingston and charged with robbery and criminal threatening after telling a state park employee he would kill him while robbing the admission booth at Kingston State Park. He was sentenced to a year in jail in Rockingham County Court in Brentwood and two years of probation upon release.

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