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Dracut Police Make Arrest In Lowell Shooting

May 01, 2017 01:12PM ● By Bill Gilman

Dracut Police Headquarters

Dracut Police made an arrest this week in connection with a violent assault in Lowell early Wednesday.

Dracut detectives were on Patricia Street, when they saw a vehicle driven by John Peralta, 23, heading in the opposite direction. They pulled Peralta over and placed him under arrest, according to a press release issued by the Lowell Police Department.

Peralta, 23, who gave police addresses in Lawrence and Lowell, was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and aggravated assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

According to the press release, Lowell detectives conducted a search of a residence at 33 Read St., Lowell and found evidence, including a .22 caliber handgun, more than 350 rounds of handgun and shotgun ammunition, a high-capacity feeding device, paperwork and prescriptions in Peralta's name.
Peralta was scheduled to arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.
According to the LPD press release, the incident took place in the early morning hours on Read Street. The two victims, a male and a female, had gone to the address to purchase drugs from Peralta. According to the release, Peralta and another woman began to have a physical altercation with the female victim.
At that point, the male victim tried to step in and break up the fight and he was allegedly shot with a shotgun by Peralta.

According to the LPD release, the injuries suffered by the 27-year male and 30-year-old female were non-life-threatening.

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