Bullet hole in a window

The photograph below is what Lowell Police found when they got called to 96 Shaw Street this afternoon by a man who found a bullet hole in the side of his minivan.

The man, who didn’t provide his name, said his wife heard what may have been a gunshot about 4 a.m.

The man told me his wife wasn’t sure at the time that what she heard was a gunshot, so she didn’t report it. Neither did anyone else in the area.

The minivan was parked in a driveway next to the home.

I’ve seen a lot of bullet holes in windows where the round just passes through the window and leaves a nice, little, round hole, but it looks like this round hit the metal at the bottom of the window, and took out a lot more of the glass.

Police radio broadcasts indicate that no gunshots were reported around that time. The closest was a report of possible gunshots near Pine and Wilder streets at 2 a.m. Police found no evidence of gunshots at Wilder and Pine, though.

If anyone saw anything in the area that could be related to this, call Lowell Police at 978.937.3200.

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Shots fired on Brooks Street

Police got called to Brooks Street, near Willie Street, tonight at 10:25 p.m., after 911 callers reported hearing gunshots.

Officers found no evidence that anything was struck, but they found the 9mm shell casing that’s pictured below near the curb of Brooks Street.

A woman who lives on Willie Street, near Brooks, told me she heard about three gunshots. “Pop pop pop” she said she heard from inside her home.

“I heard the booms too from my bedroom window,” said a little girl, maybe 7 or 8, as she stood on her stoop with her family.

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Be careful with fireworks

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. Continue reading

Easter morning gunshots

Egg hunts, dressing in bunny suits, and squeezing off a few rounds into a Volkswagen Jetta all appear to be activities people took part in here in Lowell on Easter morning.

Officers were called to the area of 61 Clare St., near Sargent Street, Easter morning about 7:30 a.m., after a 911 caller reported hearing two to three gunshots.

Officers found a green Volkswagon Jetta with bullet holes in the front and rear passenger side windows and the trunk. No casings were found at the scene. Residents could describe nothing more than a small motor vehicle that fled down Clare Street around the time of the shots.

Residents said they had no idea why anyone would shoot their car. Happy Easter!

Anyone with information 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.