Acre Violence Heats Up with Haverhill Police Confirming Shots Fired Sunday Night

(Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News.)

There were no injuries reported after a gun was fired late Sunday night in the Acre neighborhood.

Haverhill Police Capt. Stephen J. Doherty Jr. confirmed “a firearm was discharged” just before 11 p.m., Sunday, near Cedar Street and Eighth Avenue. He told WHAV police arrived after receiving a call about shots being fired.

Witnesses said they heard a single gunshot and then screeching tires as a car sped off. As is customary, police closed Eighth Avenue. The investigation continues, Doherty said.

No property damage was reported.

The neighborhood has seen many reports of gun violence, particularly in 2017 when multiple incidents were reported to police. In all cases, according to Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro, victims were uncooperative.

In August of 2017, for example, three people, each with non-life-threatening injuries, were sent to local hospitals after a shooting outside 40 Nichols St. Earlier that month, Jason D. Brillon reported he and his brother, Ronald, were both shot by unidentified men driving in the area of Cedar and Dover Streets. They were treated at local and Boston hospitals and released.

An unidentified man was also found with “multiple gunshot wounds” Aug. 3, that year, near 21 Pentucket St., and two men were shot a month earlier outside 37 Cedar Street near Fourth Avenue. One was a 31-year-old Haverhill man, who was sent to a Boston hospital with serious injuries, while the other, was a 29-year-old Haverhill man, reportedly grazed by a bullet, treated at the scene and released.

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