LOWELL -- The older brother of a man suspected in Thursday's triple shooting on Chelmsford Street was ordered held on bail for allegedly trying to hide the gun used in the shootings.
In Lowell District Court on Monday, Sydney B. Mey, 25, of 211 Smith St., first floor, Lowell, was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty to: carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card, possess of a large-capacity firearm and carry a loaded firearm without a license.
While Sydney Mey was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail, his 21-year-old brother Leroy Mey, is still wanted on three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and a bevy of firearms charges.
Lowell police say the shooting took place shortly after 3 p.m. on Thursday, only moments after children were released from the Lincoln Elementary School across the three.
Three men in a Mitsubishi were shot at as the car drove away from the BP gas station at the corner of Chelmsford and Hutchinson streets, police said. The three men in the car were hit, but none of the injuries were life threatening, police said.
All the parties knew each other and this was not a random incident, rather it may have been the result of a drug deal gone bad, Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor said.
The triple shooting was a day after Jose Torrado, 44, of 49 Second St., was shot to death in the hallway of a Second Street apartment building.
Police have said they don't believe the incidents are related.
On Sunday night, Lowell police received a call from a woman who told police she might have the gun Mey allegedly used in the triple shooting. She told police that on Friday night, Mey's brother, Sydney, brought a box to her home and told her to hold it for him.
After the call, police retrieved the Sentry lock box from the caller's home. While the lock was broken, the caller stated she had not opened the box and didn't know what was inside, but something was inside.
The caller told police that when Sydney Mey dropped off the box, he never mentioned his brother or the shootings.
"She put two and two together and assumed the gun he (Leroy Mey) used was in the box,'' police state in court documents.
Police contacted Sydney Mey and asked him to come to the station. When Sydney Mey walked into the station, he saw the lock box sitting on a table and initially denied it was his safe, then admitted it belonged to him.
When detectives asked Sydney Mey what was inside, he invited the police to open it and find out, according to court documents. Using a screwdriver and hammer, detectives opened the broken lock.
Inside the box was a wood-handled .22-caliber revolver with more than 100 rounds of various caliber ammunition and another box. In that box were 18 shotgun shells, a .22-caliber shell casing and a high-capacity magazine with 23 rounds of 9mm ammunition, police state.
Sydney Mey did not have a license to carry a firearm or a firearms identification card.
A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22.
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