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Stoneham shooting: Police arrest suspects in shooting that left one dead, one wounded

By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   July 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM   |   Comments

July 3 (UPI) -- One person was killed and a second was injured early Tuesday morning in a Stoneham, Mass., shooting.

Police have identified suspects accused of being involved in the Stoneham shooting and a Saugus shooting on Monday night. He has since been arrested and arraigned in New Hampshire.

Police in Saugus contacted Salem, N.H., police after the Monday shooting with information that the suspect may have traveled there. The investigation has led police to believe that the two shootings are drug-related.

Spokeswoman Mary Beth Long said the shootings did not appear to be random. The man killed was Joseph Puopolo, who was 26. Puopolo was shot and killed inside the home, where he was visiting a friend.

Police located a vehicle allegedly involved in the shootings and obtained search warrants for the vehicle and the home at which it was parked.

When police entered the home, they got the occupants out of the house and arrested Steven Ferrer. Ferrer, 21, was ordered held on $15,000 bail and was arraigned Tuesday in New Hampshire on charges of marijuana possession. Ferrer is expected to face additional charges in Massachusetts. Two other suspects have since been arrested in Massachusetts.

Ferrer's vehicle was towed to the police station, where they recovered firearms that may have been used in the shootings.

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