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Arrest Made In Fatal Reading Shooting

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22-year-old Joseph Ronan was found shot to death at this Lawrence Street home.

22-year-old Joseph Ronan was found shot to death at this Lawrence Street home.

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READING (CBS) – A Revere man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Joseph Ronan in Reading.

John Burke, 25, of Revere, was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of first degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm. Burke was taken into custody at his father’s home on Glenmere Circle in Reading. He will be arraigned Monday morning.

“We allege that this defendant intentionally and purposefully shot the victim numerous times with the intent to kill him over what appears to be a drug related dispute,” District Attorney Gerald Leone said. “I commend the cooperative work of the Massachusetts State Police and the Reading Police Department in collaboration with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office for their exhaustive investigation that led to today’s arrest.”

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

joseph ronan Arrest Made In Fatal Reading Shooting

Joseph Ronan

On Monday, August 15, Reading Police responded to reports of shots fired on Lawrence Road. Upon arrival, police located the body Ronan who had suffered multiple gun shot wounds.

An investigation alleges that Burke arranged to meet Ronan at his house. He entered the home and shot him multiple times.

Neighbors say Ronan was preparing to enter the Marine Corps.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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