LOWELL — Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are investigating a fatal shooting that took place around 10:30 p.m. in Lowell’s Highlands neighborhood.
According to the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Lowell Police responded to a 911 call reporting shots being fired in the area of Loring Street and Westford Street. Upon arrival, officers located a 20-year-old man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. His identity is being withheld pending notification of kin.
According to the emergency radio broadcast, the male victim suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body.
A witness to the incident, who wished to remain anonymous, said she heard gunshots while inside her apartment on the corner of Westford and Loring streets. When she investigated the sound, she said she discovered a man laying facedown in a pool of blood on the ground in an alleyway between Vann’s Hair Salon and the residential building at 81 Loring St..
The witness said a male who identified himself as a friend of the shooting victim was also in the alleyway. According to the witness, she told the friend to check the victim for a pulse.
“He turned (the victim) onto his back and there was nothing but blood,” the witness said.
The victim was placed in an ambulance and taken from the scene. Their condition was not available as of early Thursday morning.
Police blocked off access to Loring Street with police tape, between Westford and Leroy streets. In addition to Lowell Police, State Police arrived on scene to snap photos of several spent shell casings marked with evidence placards. The spent shell casings were in the Loring Street exit of the parking lot that runs along Leroy Street and attaches Coral and Loring streets.
Police placed a man in handcuffs and loaded him into the back of a cruiser shortly after the ambulance left the scene. It’s unclear whether it was related to the shooting. Ryan’s office said no arrests had been made as of 10:16 a.m. Thursday.
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