, Salem, MA

September 28, 2013

Salem man remains held in Lynn shooting


---- — SALEM — A Salem man continues to be held without bail, charged in the shooting of two people in Lynn last month.

Joshua Cromwell, 33, of 4 Emerton St., Salem, a sober house near Salem Common, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of attempted murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, during his arraignment in Salem Superior Court.

Cromwell allegedly shot a man and a woman sitting in front of a Lynn home on Hanover Street on Aug. 10.

Both survived.

But on Thursday night, prosecutor Karen Hopwood told a judge, a witness in the case was shot, hours before Cromwell’s court appearance.

That led Hopwood to seek an order that would bar defense lawyer Ray Buso from copying and allowing others to see the police reports in the case — something Buso said he’d already done with reports he received during Cromwell’s original arraignment in Lynn District Court.

“I’m not sure where they are,” Buso noted.

As he said that, Hopwood took the stack of police reports she had just handed to him out of his hand.

Police reports typically contain the full name, date of birth and address of witnesses in a case.

Judge John Lu issued a temporary order barring Buso from copying the reports, pending the filing of a formal written motion.

He also ordered that Cromwell remain in custody at least until a dangerousness hearing, requested by the prosecutor, on Oct. 3.

Cromwell, wearing a blue T-shirt that read “I get mine,” repeatedly looked over at a group of family and friends who had come to court to show their support yesterday.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the district attorney, declined to offer additional information about Thursday’s shooting, including the location of the incident.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.