In Context: No Injuries or Damage Reported in Yet Another Mount Washington Shooting Incident

Walter A. “Budger” Wysocki Park. (WHAV News file photograph.)

Haverhill Police say there were no reported injuries or property damage, but are investigating gun shots fired in a neighborhood that has become familiar with such incidents.

Early tonight, police said the department is investigating “a shooting incident” that took place at 2:10 this morning on Tremont Street. Contrary to other reports, Capt. Stephen J. Doherty Jr. would not confirm an exact location or how police became aware of the shooting. He would also not discuss whether the incident is suspected to be gang related.

In early February, police were dispatched to the area near Walter A. “Budger” Wysocki Park after a report of a Sunday afternoon shooting.

WHAV has previously reported on the ongoing gang feud dating back to at least a May 2016 shooting at Haverhill’s Swasey Field.

In December, Lawrence brothers, 20-year-old Aidan Z. Rodriguez and his 18-year-old brother Isaac R. Rodriguez, were arrested following another shooting in the Mount Washington neighborhood. The older brother was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, carrying a firearm without an identification card and carrying a firearm without a license. The younger one was charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, carrying a loaded firearm without a license and malicious destruction of property. Both have been identified by Lawrence Police as members of one gang. Haverhill Police report the intended target is a member of a rival gang.

Late last October, 23-year-old Mario Acosta was arrested and charged with armed assault with intent to murder, possession of a loaded firearm without a license and other charges including motor vehicle violations. He was accused of firing “multiple shots” in the area of 294 Washington St. just before 4 p.m. Oct. 30.

Last September, 18-year-old Brian Grande of Haverhill, 19-year-old Nadia Millis of Peabody and 19-year-old Jose Rosado of Providence, R.I. were arrested in a connection with a daytime shooting. They were charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a loaded firearm and related charges. In that case, Grande was arrested in Lafayette Square when his Ford Focus was stopped by Patrolmen Zachary Phair. and Jordan Bergevine. Grande bailed out of the car and allegedly tossed a Smith and Wesson firearm with a 15-round magazine and had one round in the chamber.

Although the alleged gang affiliations are known to WHAV, it is the radio station’s policy not to name gangs and afford them additional notoriety.

Police are asking anyone who may have information to call contact Detective Kevin Portnoy at 978-373-1212, ext.1552.

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