LOWELL -- Police are investigating an incident in which at least six gunshots that were fired Saturday in broad daylight struck a car on the Lowell Connector near Thorndike and Gorham streets.
Police were called to the area of Thorndike Street and YMCA Drive just before 6 p.m., when 911 callers reported gunshots.
Detectives who were already in the area stopped a white Nissan sedan at Hale and Howard streets, and found six bullet holes in the two passenger-side doors. The car's male driver, who appeared to be in his 20s, was not hit.
Police radio broadcasts said the man lives at 58 Midland St.
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Police initially believed the shots were fired on Thorndike Street, but after speaking to witnesses said it appeared the shots were fired between cars on the end of the Lowell Connector, sparking 911 calls from residents below on Thorndike Street.
It was not immediately clear if the vehicles were stopped when the shots were fired, or if someone was shooting from a moving vehicle.
No arrests were immediately made and there were no reports of injuries.
Officers in Lowell and surrounding towns were asked to be on the lookout for a "burnt orange" or rust-colored four-door car, possibly a Honda, that was also seen in the area at the time.
The incident prompted Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan to come into work to help plan police efforts to prevent retaliation, and Ryan said he was bringing in off-duty officers to bolster police patrols for the rest of the night.
"We're extremely concerned," Ryan said. "We're very fortunate there were no injuries, but we're going to be vigilant and do what we can to make sure there are no further incidents."
Ryan said patrols across the city would be boosted from Saturday night and this morning, and perhaps longer than that.
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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