Gunfight results in two arrests

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Sept. 18—HAVERHILL—Police have charged a Methuen man and a Haverhill man in an incident in which 14 shots were fired near the Tenney Place Apartments at 505 West Lowell Ave. on Sept 11.

Police said some residents in those apartments fell to the ground in fear as bullets entered their buildings, while others stepped outside to see what was happening, endangering themselves.

Police said that at 7:27 p.m. last Sunday, officers responded in the area of ​​505 West Lowell Ave., Building 4, to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found numerous used shell casings. They also discovered damage to a residential building and three vehicles. No injuries were reported.

Police said after a brief investigation, they arrested Julian Covino, 22, of 63 Butternut Lane, Methuen, and charged him with assault with a dangerous weapon, destruction of property worth $1,200, carrying an unlicensed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence and disturbing the peace.

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Covino was indicted on Sept. 12 and ordered to hold without bail by Judge Mary McCabe, pending a hearing on danger on Sept. 16.

At that hearing, the judge ordered that Covino be detained and a hearing scheduled for October 13.

As a result of the investigation, police also identified a second man involved in the incident and issued an arrest warrant for Brent Martin, 22, of 505 West Lowell Ave., Apt. 2303.

Martin appeared in Haverhill court on Friday when he was charged with possessing a firearm without an FID card, carrying an unlicensed firearm, firing a firearm within 150 feet of a building, threatening to commit of a felony, disturbing the peace, possession of a large capacity firearm/supply device, unlicensed possession of ammunition and an additional count of possession of a firearm without an FID card.

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Judge Cesar Archilla ordered Martin to be held without bail and scheduled a threat hearing for September 23 via videoconference.

Police said they met Covino at his home in Methuen during their investigation into the shooting, where he told them he was in Haverhill to meet a friend, whom he referred to only as “BM.” Covino told police they were talking and that BM, who police believe was Brent Martin, had told Covino that he had recently been released from prison and was out of money.

Police said Martin had previously been charged with firearms for which he was recently released from prison.

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According to the report, Covino told police he had a .40 caliber handgun in a shoulder bag while Martin claimed to be in possession of a larger handgun, which he described Covino as a “deuce deuce”, and that he was also carrying it. in a bag, the report said.

Covino told police that Martin was there to rob him and that a firefight broke out between them and that he fired 10 to 12 shots at Martin until Martin disappeared from view. Covino said he then drove off and threw the gun out the window of his car, onto West Lowell Avenue. Covino said his gun had 14 rounds.

Police said they searched for the weapon but were unable to locate it.

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