LOWELL -- Police are investigating two incidents of gunfire that occurred early Wednesday morning in Lowell and which left a couple shaken after a bullet flew threw a window and lodged in the wall of their downtown apartment.

Detective Lt. Frank Rouine said the first incident occurred at Market and Dutton streets downtown about 1 a.m., when someone in a car opened fire on two people.

"A vehicle pulled up and someone fired at two people who were walking in the intersection," Rouine said.

Police recovered three shell casings in the intersection, according to Rouine.

About 20 minutes later, police also responded to a report of gunshots on Willie Street near Brooks Street and recovered another shell casing. There were no reports of injuries in either incident.

Rouine said police believe the incidents are related, and the work of two or three suspects. He declined to release a description of those suspects, since police believe they know who they are.

Rouine said the incidents appear to be drug-related, though the case remains under investigation. Police have recovered a vehicle believed to have been used in the incidents, he said.

One of the gunshots fired at Market and Dutton streets flew through the window of apartment at 253 Market St., where John Bates and Marilyn Lillis live together.

Bates said he was asleep when Lillis woke him about 1 a.m., because she heard a noise outside.


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Bates looked around the apartment and looked out the windows, but seeing no commotion he went back to bed.

When he woke up about 5:30 a.m., he noticed broken glass on a table and his windowsill, and looked up to see a bullet hole in his window, blinds, and wall.

"I looked up at the window and noticed the bullet hole through both panes of glass and into the wall," Bates said.

Bates said he and Lillis were shaken by the incident, and may ask the management company that runs Market Mills to move them to another unit in the building. He has lived in the building for about 10 years.

Rouine said police believe the gunfire may be related to other incidents of gunfire in Lowell recently, though not the June 25 incident on Midland Street in which five people were shot.

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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