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LOWELL -- A 20-year-old city man is being held on $100,000 cash bail after prosecutors allege Siem Thach and at least one other man forced the victim into his Corbett Street home at gunpoint, pointed the gun at his head and pulled the trigger, grazing the victim's head with a bullet.

In Lowell District Court on Monday, Thach, of Lowell pleaded not guilty to charges of armed assault with intent to murder, armed home invasion, unlawfully discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a firearm.

Prosecutor Christopher Minue asked that Thach be held on $250,000 cash bail and have his bail revoked on several pending cases. Judge Thomas Brennan ordered Thach held on $100, 000 cash bail and revoked his bail - holding him without bail - on his pending cases.

Minue explained that at 11 p.m. on Friday, Lowell police responded to a priority one call of "shots fired" at 26 Corbett St.

When police arrived at the scene they were flagged down by a woman who was screaming a that that victim had been shot in the head. Police found the victim holding his head and covered in blood.

The victim had a laceration to his head where the bullet grazed him, police said. There was a .45-caliber shelling casing by the victim. Another shelling casing was found outside.

A witness told police that several men's forced the victim into the house at gunpoint, pointed the gun at him and pulled the trigger. There were children in the house at the time.

No motive was given for the shooting.

Thach was walking down Gorham and matched the description of one of the suspects, Minue said. Thach told police he was walking to the store. Thach had a small cut on his finger and blood on his palms and the back of his shirt, Minue said.

The witness allegedly identified Thach as one of the assailants.

But defense attorney Debra Dewitt argued that the witness' identification is suspect and may not hold up during a motion to suppress.

Thach's next court date is Dec. 27 for a probable cause hearing.

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