, Salem, MA

August 19, 2013

Man arrested after shooting in Middleton; Two taken to hospital with 'non-fatal' gunshot wounds

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — MIDDLETON — A 24-year-old Middleton man was arrested last night in connection with a shooting that took place outside his home on Liberty Street early yesterday morning, police Chief James DiGianvittorio said.

Police say Michael MacMullin of 45 Liberty St. shot a man in the torso yesterday and fled the property after being shot in the arm by someone else, who was not identified last night. Police later found MacMullin inside a home a few streets away and transported him to Beverly Hospital, DiGianvittorio said.

MacMullin was arrested early last night on a warrant for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with attempt to commit murder and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, the chief said. MacMullin remained at the hospital under guard by a police officer last night.

Police responded to the home at 6:10 a.m. yesterday after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting gunshots at the property. On arrival, police found the victim on the ground in the driveway. MacMullin had fled before police arrived, DiGianvittorio said.

DiGianvittorio said the two men know each other and confirmed that two different guns were used, but would not comment further on a possible motive. The case remains under investigation, he said.

The victim was in stable condition last night in the hospital, police said. His name, age and residence were not released last night.

Four witnesses were taken to the police station to be interviewed shortly after the shooting.

DiGianvittorio said the property and home were searched last night after police obtained a warrant. The home is set back from the road and cannot be seen from the street. Neighbors said they hear a lot of noise coming from the property, but the occupants kept to themselves.

Police have been to the home for unrelated incidents in the past, DiGianvittorio said.

The state police special tactical operations team assisted Middleton police with securing the property and creating a perimeter. A state police K-9 unit and helicopter were also used in the search.

After MacMullin and the victim were taken to Beverly Hospital yesterday morning, Beverly police officers secured the emergency room, police said.

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