MAYNARD — Chief Michael Noble reports that the Maynard Police Department has made an arrest in connection with the Aug. 21 shooting that left three people seriously injured.
RODNEY STEVEN LAVENTURE, AGE 21, OF LEOMINSTER, was arrested on Saturday, Aug. 28 and charged with:
- Carrying a Loaded Firearm Without a License
- Assault and Battery With a Dangerous Weapon Causing Serious Bodily Injury – 3 Counts
- Armed Assault to Murder – 4 Counts
- Attempted Assault and Battery With a Firearm – 3 Counts
- Carrying a Firearm Without a License
- Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Building
LAVENTURE was arrested after he arranged to turn himself in to Maynard Police and Massachusetts State Police at the Leominster Police headquarters for a warrant that was issued in connection with the shooting that took place in Maynard last weekend.
The arrest comes as part of a joint investigation by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office and the Maynard Police Department.
“I want to thank the Massachusetts State Police for their diligent work in connection with this arrest. The coordination and cooperation we received was outstanding, and is an example of the professionalism of their organization,” Chief Noble said. “I especially want to thank the employees of the Maynard Police Department who worked tirelessly this past week despite being short-staffed. It is a testament to the dedication they have for their community.”
Chief Noble adds that although an arrest has been made, the investigation into the shooting has not concluded and will continue.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 21, Maynard Police were dispatched to 2 Cindy Lane for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police determined that three teenage victims had suffered gunshot wounds and that the individual or individuals responsible were no longer on scene.
Through a preliminary investigation police determined that the shooting occurred during a party at the home, which grew beyond the number of expected guests. The investigation was supported by the Massachusetts State Police, as well as Acton, Concord and Sudbury Police.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.