LOWELL -- When police responded to the area of Whipple Street for a report of "shots fired" late one night last September, police found shell casings on the ground but nothing else.
After viewing surveillance video from the surrounding area, police allege they saw a man identified as Vannak Ngim pull a firearm out of his pocket outside 50 Whipple St., fire several shots into the air and then enter a third-floor apartment.
In Lowell District Court on Thursday, Ngim, 29, of 50 Whipple St., third floor, Lowell, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and carrying a loaded firearm.
As part of Ngim's release, Judge Thomas Brennan prohibited him from possessing any firearms.
Prosecutor Joseph Posner sought $1,000 cash bail, describing this as an incident that presented "serious safety concerns."
Ngim, who has no record, allegedly told police he found the gun on the ground, fired a couple of shots in the air, then discarded the firearm. Police were unable to find the firearm.
In arguing her client should be released, defense attorney Jeanne Earley said that if police considered it a serious case they would have arrested Ngim, rather than summons him into court.
Ngim's next date is May 23 for pretrial conference.
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