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Methuen Police Arrest Man After 2 Homes Struck by Bullets



    Child's Bedroom Was Shot At, Says Neighbor of Methuen Shooter

    The owner of one of the two Methuen homes shot at on Sunday morning speaks to NBC Boston, 

    (Published Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017)

    Police have arrested a man after he allegedly fired multiple shots into two Methuen, Massachusetts homes early Sunday morning.

    John T. Pappalardo, 51, of Methuen, was arrested and charged with eight counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of malicious damage over $250, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. 

    Police had responded around 1:55 a.m. to the area of Weybossett Street at Clifton Road for report of possible gun shots fired.

    A Weybossett Street resident told police that a man, later identified as Pappalardo, may have fired several gun shots in the area near his home and his neighbor's home. 

    Neighbor John Pina had bullets travel through his son's bedroom. Thankfully, he was sleeping in his grandmother's room. Pina ran outside and told NBC Boston, ""He's looking at me paranoid. I'm like "What are you doing? I see your license plate."' He kept screaming for Pappalardo to stop. 

    More bullets shattered Pino's glass door. 

    A preliminary investigation revealed that each of the houses had been struck by multiple bullets but no injuries were reported.

    Police learned Pappalardo had been seen driving a pick-up truck away from the scene, and they were able to locate a vehicle matching the description of Pappalardo's vehicle parked outside of his residence. He was arrested without incident.

    Pappalardo is being held on $50,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Monday.

    Pina said it's tought trusting neighbors who live so closeby. "They say love your neighbor," he said. "That's hard to do when the world is changing. You can't trust that many people." 

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