A verbal confrontation at a home on Broadway in Somerville led to one man being shot in the neck and another behind bars.


Somerville police and the Middlesex district attorney's office said today that a 28-year-old man was shot in the neck and is fighting for his life.


Police responded to 196 Broadway at about 11:30 p.m. yesterday for the shooting. There they found the unidentified man suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck.


Emergency crews took the man to Massachusetts General Hospital where is is in critical condition.


Authorities said the man and 33-year-old Santano Dessin, of Somerville, became involved in some verbal fight. The fight led to Dessin allegedly shooting the man, authorities said.

Dessin was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and discharging a gun within 500 feet of a dwelling. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Somerville District Court.

Authorities said the incident and shooting were not random.