Some bystanders and folks stuck in traffic on Wood Street, across from Market Basket, in Lowell this evening got a pretty good first-hand look at how city police respond when they think they’ve moving in on suspects in a shots fired incident.
Police were called to Lincoln Street, near Angle Street, where Lincoln Street goes under the Lowell Connector tonight about 6:45 p.m., when a 911 caller reported a single gunshot had just been fired from a blue Mitsubishi Lancer occupied by four Asian males.
The caller said the shot was fired into a cement wall under the overpass.
Police had a license plate for the car from the 911 caller, and the gang unit quickly found the car at 34 Wood Street across from Market Basket. Officers called for backup when they saw four men in the yard out back. Over a dozen police cruisers surrounded the house on Wood Street.
Police handcuffed all four men in the backyard, and searched them. They searched the blue Lancer, pictured above. One of the men stood and was talking to police while three others were kept handcuffed, facedown in the backyard, which is standard in these situations.
Here is where things took a big turn, though.
The men claimed they hadn’t fired a gunshot. They said they just threw an M80 firework out of the car.
Police found the spent remains of an M80 in the area where the gunshot had been reported, so the story checked out. All four men were released and aren’t being charged.
Possession of fireworks is an offense you can only be summonsed for, and it requires possession. The firework here was exploded and on Lincoln Street, though. Since the men were cooperative, they will face no charges.
I wonder if they’ll be playing with anymore M80’s soon, though.