Double shooting in Stoneham, Mass. leaves military veteran dead

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July 3, 2013, 6:15 am
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(NECN: Justin Michaels, Stoneham, Mass.) – NECN has confirmed two people have been shot, one fatally, in a shooting in a Stoneham, Mass. home. 

The fatal victim is 26-year-old Joseph Puopolo. He had served in the army and just returned from duty in Afghanistan. 

The other victim, Puopolo’s friend, is in the hospital.

Police responded to reports of a shooting around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and now three people are in custody.

Those close to Puopolo were stunned by the news.

"He wanted to become a state cop. He was a fighter, he wanted to be… You know this is just, it's mind-boggling, I don't understand what happened," said Puopolo's godfather, Joseph Alessandro. "I mean I just don't understand it, a good kid like him."

The Middlesex County District Attorney's Office is investigating and handling all media inquiries.

Watch the attached video for the report from Justin Michaels.

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