Gang Member Tied to 2016 Swasey Shooting Indicted on New Gun Charges

Martin Lewis will answer to assault to murder charges at a superior court arraignment later this month. (File photograph)

Martin Lewis, a known gang member allegedly involved in a series of Haverhill shootings, including the 2016 incident at Swasey Field, has been indicted on new charges stemming from an April arrest, the DA’s office tells WHAV.

Under surveillance by Haverhill Police in the days after a March 26 drive-by shooting in Bradford, Lewis was arrested April 3 during an altercation that authorities say threatened their safety and the safety of nearby residents.

In a police report, Detective Sean Scharneck said authorities were attempting to take Lewis into custody on a warrant relating to the March shooting when the 18-year-old fled and tossed a loaded gun into the Haverhill Public Library parking lot in the process.

Once captured, the Marshland Street resident was found to be in possession of a black Taurus handgun, marijuana and two orange pills said to be a derivative of Suboxone, according to police.

Authorities also recovered ammunition that matched shell casings recovered from the March 26 drive-by said to involve Lewis and his gang associates.

Though the two victims in that shooting were unharmed, Lewis was charged with assault to murder, a charge he’ll answer to during arraignment in Essex County Superior Court later this month.

News of his upcoming court date is the latest headline involving events and retaliations seemingly kicked off by the May 2016 shooting at Haverhill’s Swasey Field. Sixteen at the time, Lewis was indicted on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, but was freed after his lawyer won a court motion to suppress his identity.