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Two arrested in what police say was Nashua drug deal gone bad

Union Leader Correspondent

January 17. 2014 8:07PM
Amado (Left) and Farmer (Right) (Courtesy)

NASHUA — Two local men have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Massachusetts man who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was shot last week outside of a city residence.

Police say that Danny Vorn, 22, of 42 N. Street in Lowell, Mass., was shot Jan. 9 outside of 6 Rochette Ave. during a drug transaction involving multiple pounds of marijuana and nearly $15,000 in cash.

According to authorities, Vorn's drug transaction went wrong when two other people involved in the transaction — both Nashua residents — allegedly robbed Vorn at gunpoint.

"During the course of the robbery, the firearm was discharged and Vorn was shot in the back of the head," says a release.

Alexandre Amado, 20, of 15 Kessler Farm Drive, apt. 303, and Anthony Farmer, 20, of 5 Hartford Lane, apt. E., were arrested on Thursday and Friday, respectively, for the incident.

Police say that Amado "recklessly caused bodily injury to Danny Vorn … by discharging a firearm at the back of Danny Vorn's head, thereby causing traumatic brain injury," say court documents.

Amado has been charged with one count of second-degree assault for the shooting, a felony, and was being held on $100,000 cash bail. He was arraigned at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division, on Friday morning, and will be back in court on Jan. 27 for a probable cause hearing.

Farmer also was allegedly involved in the robbery and drug transaction, and was arrested Friday and charged with a felony count of armed robbery. He was being held at the Nashua Police Department and will be arraigned on Tuesday, said police.

The Nashua Police Department's Crime Scene Unit has located two firearms in connection to the investigation.

Vorn remains hospitalized in critical condition at Boston Medical Center, said Lt. Denis Linehan.

"This is a very severe injury that he sustained," Linehan said of Vorn, adding police are not able to speak with Vorn, who could have permanent impairments because of the gunshot wound to the head.

Linehan said there may be additional arrests made in connection with the case, which remains under investigation.

"There were a number of people that were involved in some other fashion," he said, adding police are continuing to investigate who provided transportation to and from the drug deal, along with other involvement.

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