LOWELL -- Police are investigating an early morning report of gunfire on Lyons Street in South Lowell .
Six 9mm handgun shell casings were found on the street about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Capt. Kelly Richardson said no one was hurt. A homeowner at 19 Lyons Street at the time said he found bullet holes in his first-floor bedroom. Then he called police. The apartment on the second floor is vacant.
At least six police cruisers filled the street early Wednesday morning. A K9 unit was called in. The dog tracked a scent over to Central Street and to Crosby Street, according to Richardson. No suspects were found.
Richardson said police recovered fragments of bullets and casings which were gathered for evidence. Officials have increased patrols in the area and urge anyone with information to contact police immediately.
Neighbors in the surrounding area said they know that section of Lyons Street to be quiet.
Henry Deering, 60, has lived with his wife, Fernanda, in South Lowell for 30 years. They just moved to a house a few doors down from 19 Lyons St. about a month ago.
"I didn't hear anything, but then our dog, (Spike), started barking," he said. "I told him to be quiet and then I realized police were outside ... I stuck my head out the window to see."
"It's scary," said the Deerings' neighbor, Natalie Mendonca, 50. She's lived in her parents' house her entire life.
"It makes you wonder if you can even go outside safely anymore," she said. "You could be watching TV and something could come flying through the window now. ... It's crazy."
John McGrath, who lives across the street from 19 Lyons St., said he was awakened by the sound of five pops outside.
"There was a 'bang!' It woke us up. We thought someone was breaking in but when I saw the police running into the house over here," he said, "I knew we didn't have to worry about us."
This is now the third reported gun-related incident in the last two and a half weeks in Lowell. On June 8, 20 shots were fired near 1431 Gorham Street with one person injured. Two men were arrested in connection with that crime. Then on May 24, shots were fired inside a home at 754 Aiken Avenue in Centralville.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Lowell Police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous and may receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
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