MIDDLETON — One of two men found shot Sunday morning at a home in this quiet North Shore town was arrested at a hospital later in the day after a police response that included a State Police helicopter and a specially trained tactical operations team, authorities said.
Officers were called to a home at 45 Liberty St. about 6:15 a.m. and discovered the first man, who had been shot in the arm. A second man was found in the driveway suffering from gunshot wounds to the abdomen, Middleton police said at the scene just before 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
The man who was shot in the arm was arrested at a local hospital late Sunday afternoon, Middleton Police Chief James DiGianvittorio said.
Michael MacMullin, in his early 20s, of 45 Liberty St., is facing assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to murder, and other charges, DiGianvittorio said.
“MacMullin was the antagonist in this situation,” DiGianvittorio said. “He was the one who fired first.”
DiGianvittorio did not identify the second victim.
Both men were hospitalized Sunday evening with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney.
A neighbor, who asked only to be identified by his first name, Glenn, said he was awakened early Sunday morning and heard about 10 gunshots. “I heard the shots and a lot of cops were here pretty quickly,” he said. “I heard three shots yesterday morning, too.”
The neighbor said men who appeared to be in their 20s live at the house, but he said he did not know them. The house is set far back from the moderately busy two-lane Liberty Street by a long gravel driveway. He said he would hear loud motorcycles coming and going from the house, but never had any problems with anyone who lived there.
DiGianvittorio said MacMullin is known to police and officers have responded to his Liberty Street house before, but “not for anything of this magnitude.”
Other neighbors said that stretch of Liberty Street is typically quiet, with the exception of the motorcycles.
“You hear the bikes and that gets annoying, but it’s totally quiet here,” said a neighbor who would only identify himself as Brian. “The only time you hear stuff is when you hear their bikes or sometimes fireworks.”
The incident remains under investigation by State Police and local police.