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LOWELL -- Police are investigating who fired about six gunshots into a Westford Street home early Saturday morning, striking an approximately 50-year-old man who was not the apparent target of the gunshots as he was sleeping.

Police were called to 727 Westford St., just across from Tyler Park, about 5:10 a.m., according to Detective Lt. Frank Rouine.

Officers found an approximately 50-year-old resident of a first-floor apartment suffering from a non life-threatening gunshot wound that was suffered while the man was sleeping, according to Rouine.

The victim was treated at a city hospital and released. No one answered doors to either of the apartments in the home Saturday afternoon.

"This person was mistakenly targeted," Rouine said. "The house was shot up, so we think they may have been looking for a different home."

Rouine said there are no indications the incident was gang-related, but that police are still trying to determine who the intended target may have been.

The only suspect description released by police is of a dark-colored motor vehicle that was seen turning right from Westford Street onto Pine Street shortly after the shots were fired.

Police found several spent shell casings in the street near the home, and about a half-dozen bullet holes in the home, including about five on the first floor and one in the second floor, according to Rouine.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477).

Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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