Methuen Police Arrest 17-Year-Old After 16-Year-Old Shot in Shoulder

A 17-year-old Methuen juvenile was arrested Saturday on firearms-related charges and for assault and battery on a police officer after a 16-year-old was shot in the shoulder.

The 17-year-old was charged with possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a home and assault and battery on a police officer. The arrest came after Methuen Police were called to an Annis Street at about 4:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting there.

Upon arrival, according to Methuen Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon, police learned three juveniles were handling a gun when a 16-year-old male juvenile was shot in the shoulder, allegedly by the juvenile who was later arrested. The victim was taken to a Boston hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

During booking, the juvenile allegedly assaulted two police officers. The suspect is currently being held on $5,000 cash bail at the Methuen Police Department.

The incident remains under investigation by the Methuen Police Department, which is currently working with a K-9 unit to locate the firearm.