It’s school vacation week in Dracut and there are no students around at the Christos Daoulas Education Complex.
The fact that it’s school vacation week and the complex is empty at night is reportedly why a drug dealer suggested a meeting with would-be customers in the complex on Tuesday night.
The drug dealer met the boys in the Englesby parking lot, ended up pulling a gun, firing a gunshot into the air, and then carjacking the two teenage Dracut boys who wanted to buy some weed from him.
I first blogged about this last night only moments after it was reported, but I’m swamped tonight, so here is my story on the matter now that I’ve talked to the Deputy Chief about it.
By Robert Mills
DRACUT — A single gunshot was fired into the air in the parking lot of the Englesby Intermediate School on Tuesday night as two teenagers were carjacked during a drug deal gone bad, police said.
Police said a 17-year-old Dracut boy and a 19-year-old Dracut boy told police they arranged to buy marijuana from a drug dealer they had met in Lowell, and that they met the dealer in the parking lot of Family Pizza, 1595 Lakeview Ave., about 9:10 p.m.
The drug dealer arrived in a dark-colored Buick, accompanied by two other men and a woman.
The drug dealer suggested everyone move to the Englesby parking lot within the school complex across the street, since it was dark and secluded during school vacation week, according to Deputy Chief David Chartrand.
The drug dealer and another man got into the back of a red Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by the would-be teenage customers.
The teenagers told police there was an argument over the price of the marijuana, the drug dealer pulled out a silver revolver with a black handle, and demanded the teenage boys hand over their wallets.
Police said the dealer then ordered the teenagers out of the Jeep, told them the gun was real, and fired a single gunshot into the air to prove it. The dealer then got into the Jeep and drove away from the scene with the Buick he arrived in following close behind.
Dracut Police were called to the school complex about 9:30 p.m., and immediately asked surrounding towns to be on the lookout for the Jeep.
The red Jeep was found abandoned on Patricia Lane, near New Boston Road, about 10:30 p.m. It was empty. Police are still searching for the Buick.
Chartrand said neither of the teenage victims is a Dracut High School student. He said the 17-year-old is a high school student, but he declined to identify what school that boy attends.
The drug dealer is described as a Hispanic male, 20 to 23-years-old, 6’2 to 6’3, about 200 pounds, with short, black hair.
The man who got into the Jeep with the drug dealer was a black male, 5’5 to 5’7, about 150 pounds.
The two people who stayed in the Buick were described as a Hispanic male, 19 to 20-years-old, 5’10 to 6 feet tall, about 175 pounds; and a white female, about 5’7, heavyset, with dirty blonde shoulder length hair.
Anyone with information on those individuals is asked to call Dracut Police at 978-957-2123.