26-year-old Army veteran killed in Stoneham, Mass. shooting

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July 3, 2013, 4:38 pm
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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Stoneham, Mass.) – Three people are in custody in connection with a deadly overnight shooting in Stoneham, Mass. Police responded to Michas Pond Way a little before 1 a.m. Wednesday for a report of shots fired. That's when they found two men. One was wounded, and another, Joseph Puopolo, was dead. The Army veteran had just turned 26 years old.

“I don’t believe it because his birthday was last week and he come out of the Army and everything,” said Joseph Alessandro.

Alessandro choked back tears as he remembered his godson Joseph Puopolo, a 26-year-old Army veteran from Stoneham, Mass., shot and killed early Wednesday morning.

“Joseph was a hero in the United States Army, he served in Afghanistan, he just came home from Afghanistan and now this had to happen,” said Alessandro.

Puopolo and another unidentified man were shot at this home at 6 Michas Pond Way in Stoneham.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office is investigating the shooting but would only say it doesn’t believe the shooting was random.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting but little information has been released.

Alessandro says the family wants answers.

He said, “They’re devastated, when I go there it’s going to be a mess.”

Alessandro says while returning to civilian life was hard on his godson, he was just starting a new chapter in his life when he was killed.

Alessandro said, “Joe was going through a little situation because the aftermath of that – what you see overseas – these kids come back here and then – I said Joe maybe you want to go in – let’s go for the police department and he went to take the test and he wanted to become a state cop.”

One suspect has already been arraigned in Somerville District Court.

Two other suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Middlesex District Court on Friday.

The Middlesex D.A.’s Office has not released the names of any of the suspects or a motive for the shooting.

Court records show Puopolo had been arrested twice for assault and battery in recent years.

Tags: army, fatal shooting, Alysha Palumbo, army veteran, middlesex district attorney's office, stoneham massachusetts, 6 michas pond way, joseph alessandro
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