Updated: Haverhill Police Arrest Two for Mount Washington Shooting; Victim Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries

Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro and Mayor James J. Fiorentini after a Mount Washington shooting in 2016. (WHAV News file photograph.)

A Lawrence man was airlifted to a Boston hospital with life-threatening injuries after being shot Sunday night in Haverhill’s Mount Washington neighborhood.

Two are under arrest in connection with the shooting, which took place around 6 p.m. near Freeman Street and Ashworth Terrace, but their names were initially not available. Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett confirmed this morning two people were arrested, but one is a juvenile. They are scheduled to be arraigned today.

“Obviously, these things are very concerning to us. Police have made arrests and I’m very proud of them. They’re doing a good job. This is the second time in a month, where, within a few hours, they made an arrest. It’s excellent, old-fashioned police work,” Fiorentini told WHAV. “We hope to catch people right away, and send a message that we won’t tolerate this in our community.”

An official report was not available Monday because of the Columbus Day holiday.

The mayor said he is “hoping for the best for the young man from Lawrence.” He added the victim and witnesses were all from Lawrence. He said he isn’t aware of the motive.

“Wherever they came from, however they got there, this is a great concern in my community and we don’t want this here,” Fiorentini said. He noted he has added 22 police officers over the past four or five years, and acknowledged there are still many vacancies, but added, “No number of police would have stopped this incident. We’re never going to stop all crime.”

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