The crime blog is back in action.
Unfortunately, there was some action while I was gone.
I got back to work this afternoon and went through the email alerts I get from Crimemapping.com, and discovered there was an attempted murder Saturday morning about 2 a.m.
Capt. Jonathan Webb tells me a 25-year-old Lowell man was shot in the thigh on Branch Street, near Walker Street, while meeting with an acquaintance.
The 25-year-old, who Webb declined to identify, was hospitalized for several days but has since been released.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. No arrests have been made.
I’m still waiting for confirmation from the police department about this, and I probably won’t get that until tomorrow, but this is the first shooting I can remember so far this year.
There have been previous gunshots, but no one struck. There have also been a number of stabbings and other violent incidents. But no gunshot victims.
In 2011, the first gunshot victim, in fact the first eight gunshot victims, turned up on Jan. 1, at 2 a.m.
It would be fairly interesting if it was late May before the city had its first gunshot victim this year. I’ll update tomorrow once I get word from the police department regarding the quality of my memory.
UPDATE: Lowell Police checked their records for me today and confirmed that this was the first shooting of 2012. I’m blown away.
The last shooting in Lowell, prior to this one, occurred on Oct. 26, 2011, when a victim who was uncooperative with police was shot in the thumb on Bowers Street.
That’s 7 months without a gunshot wound victim, in a city of 100,000 people. I know the crime reporter shouldn’t be psyched about this, but I’ve got a daughter arriving August, and she will be a Lowell resident.
Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent to police via Text-a-Tip, by texting TIP411 (847411) with the subject “LPDTIP.”
Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.