BY JULIE MANGANIS
---- — MIDDLETON — In the days leading up to Sunday’s double shooting outside a Middleton home, things were getting strange, witnesses told police.
Michael MacMullin, 24, and Kevin Wolff, 27, were at MacMullin’s home, along with other members of the Red Devils motorcycle gang and some of their girlfriends.
A couple of nights earlier, on Friday, two unknown individuals showed up, making threats and assaulting one of the other men in the home. Later, they returned and poured gasoline on the motorcycles parked outside, the witnesses told police, according to court papers.
MacMullin and Wolff spent part of the following day, Saturday, doing “lines” of crystal methamphetamine and, believing the assailants were going to return, growing more and more paranoid, the witnesses told police. They kept thinking they saw things on the home video surveillance system they had set up.
At one point, Wolff was standing outside with a flashlight, a gun in his hand, scanning the nearby woods and walking around his garage. Sometime after that, he called for MacMullin to come outside and look at something.
Moments later, the friends heard gunshots, 15 to 20 in total. By the time it was over, both men had been shot. Wolff was found lying near an SUV, bleeding from wounds to his torso; MacMullin had run to a relative’s home nearby, with a wound to his arm.
Three vehicles also had bullet holes in them, according to court papers.
Both men remain hospitalized, and MacMullin was arraigned his bed at Lahey Hospital in Burlington yesterday on charges of attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.
He pleaded not guilty, according to the Essex district attorney’s office, which had sought bail of $100,000 cash.
Judge Robert Brennan set bail at $10,000 cash, but ordered that if released, MacMullin must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, remain confined to his home, surrender all of his weapons, not consume any drugs or alcohol, submit to random screens, and have no contact with Wolff or any members of the motorcycle gang.
Police are continuing their investigation. According to court papers, investigators have been unable so far to speak to Wolff. Investigators have not said whether he will face any charges.
MacMullin, questioned by police at the hospital, recalled being handed a gun by someone inside the home, going outside and shooting someone, but said he didn’t know who.
Another witness questioned by police said she saw both men holding guns, then saw MacMullin fire at Wolff, who returned fire.
After MacMullin fled, another person in the home retrieved the guns and took them inside, where he wrapped them in a towel and left them on the bar.
Police later executed a search warrant and found a gun safe in the home.
A probable cause hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 18 in Salem District Court.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.