City police tell me that a 50-year-old Lowell man arrived at the Lowell General Hospital emergency room tonight a little before 10:30 p.m., with a gunshot wound to his leg.
The man told police he was walking along Westford Street, near School Street, when he was shot.
Over a half dozen officers searched the area around Westford and School streets, as pictured above, all the way into Cupples Square, but they were not able to locate any shell casings, blood, or other evidence of a crime scene.
It sounds like the guy at the hospital isn’t being super cooperative, so that’s about all I know at this point. It does not sound like this wound is life-threatening.
The bullet entered the guy’s knee from above and went out the back of his leg, which is an odd angle for a gunshot wound. I talked to several officers about this one and they all expressed a healthy dose of skepticism.
I spoke to a few drunk guys who were drinking in a yard in Cupples Square, and they said they had not heard any gunshots, although they did say there were fireworks in the area earlier in the day. They were confident those were not gunshots, though.
One of those guys was so drunk he couldn’t remember if the fireworks had been tonight or yesterday.
Police did not get any calls reporting gunshots in the area prior to the 50-year-old showing up at the hospital.
If this guy was actually shot by someone else, this would be just the second shooting in Lowell since last year.
If you know anything about either of these crimes, please 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.