Methuen Police Arrest Man After Two Homes Struck by Bullets

METHUEN – Mayor Stephen N. Zanni and Chief Joseph Solomon report that the Methuen Police Department has arrested a man after he allegedly fired multiple shots into two homes early this morning.
JOHN T. PAPPALARDO, AGE 51, OF METHUEN, was arrested and charged with:
  • Eight counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Two counts of Malicious Damage over $250
  • Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Building
On Saturday, Nov. 4, at approximately 1:55 a.m., Methuen Police were dispatched to the area of Weybossett Street at Clifton Road for a report of possible gun shots fired.
Upon arrival, police were informed by a resident of Weybossett Street that a man, later identified as Pappalardo, may have just fired several gun shots in the area near his home and his neighbor’s home. A preliminary investigation revealed that each of the victim’s houses had been struck by multiple bullets. No injuries were reported.
Upon further investigation, police learned that Pappalardo had been seen driving a dark colored pick-up truck away from the scene.
Police were able to locate a vehicle matching the description of Pappalardo’s vehicle parked outside his residence. After securing a perimeter, police were able to make contact with Pappalardo inside his home and he was taken into custody without incident.
Pappalardo is being held at the Methuen Police Station on $50,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Monday.