Two Arrested for Shooting Out Buoy in Green Harbor

<center>The light of this navigational buoy is destroyed from what are thought to have been gunshots fired before sunrise, June 9, 2007. (Photo courtesy Marshfield Harbor Master.)</center>
The light of this navigational buoy is destroyed from what are thought to have been gunshots fired before sunrise, June 9, 2007. (Photo courtesy Marshfield Harbor Master.)

BOSTON – The sound of pre-dawn gun fire and damage to a harbor buoy prompted a Coast Guard and local police response and the arrest of two men in Marshfield, Mass today.

The Marshfield Police Department requested Coast Guard assistance at about 3 a.m. upon suspicion that someone was shooting at a navigational buoy from a boat in Green Harbor.

A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Scituate swiftly launched, 3:20 a.m., located the suspected vessel tied to a floating pier and the team swiftly embarked.

Once aboard, the team discovered empty beer bottles and believed the suspects were hiding below deck. After the team issued repeated verbal commands and drew their weapons, three unarmed, but uncooperative men emerged;

21-year-old Kevin Mooney , 23-year-old Jason McCormack, and 26-year-old Michael McCormack, all from Marshfield.

While inspecting the vessel, the team found shot-gun shells, but no weapon. Correspondingly on land, Marshfield Police found and arrested a fourth Marshfield man, John Martell, 23, who, just prior to pursuit had been dropped off with two guns.

The Coast Guard completed the boarding and issued three violations: improper documentation on board, hindering a Coast Guard boarding operation, and defacing federal property/aid to navigation.

The three men were brought to shore, 5:15 a.m. and turned over to Marshfield Police who arrested Mooney for illegal use of a firearm, disorderly conduct and other charges.

The Coast Guard determined the light in the number-three buoy was shot out and extinguished. Mariners in Green Harbor are urged to take note of the damaged navigational aid and exercise caution pending its repair.

The investigation is ongoing.

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