Chief Robert Rufo
25 Harrison Ave.
Woburn, MA 01801
For Immediate Release
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Woburn Police Arrest and Charge Man in Shooting
WOBURN — Chief Robert Rufo reports that the Woburn Police Department arrested and charged a man with shooting another man outside of a Highland Street home early Saturday morning.
ASA COOPER, AGE 28, OF DORCHESTER, was charged with:
- Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon Causing Injury
- Assault to Murder with a Firearm
- Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling
- Possession of a Firearm without a License
- Illegal Possession of Ammunition
COOPER will be held pending his arraignment on Tuesday at Woburn District Court.
At approximately midnight Saturday morning, Woburn Police responded to Highland Street for a report of shots fired.
Upon arrival, officers located a 43-year-old Woburn man who was suffering from two gunshot wounds to his legs. The man was transported to a local hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Officers spoke to witnesses who said that a group of people was standing outside of a home when they were approached by another group of people, including COOPER, inside of a minivan. The van had a logo with the business name One Call on the side and had a “school bus” sign on the roof.
An argument ensued over a $10 debt and the victim was shot multiple times. The group in the minivan subsequently fled the scene.
A description of the van was given out to other area police departments and a short time later the van was located by Stoneham Police and Massachusetts State Police on the on-ramp to I-93 south in Woburn.
There were four people inside the van, including COOPER, who was a passenger. Through the subsequent investigation, it was determined that COOPER was allegedly involved in the shooting and he was placed under arrest without further incident. The other three people in the van were not arrested, but the van was seized as evidence and towed from the scene.
No weapons have been recovered and the incident remains under active investigation. The victim and suspect are known to each other and the incident was not random.
These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.