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Dracut Man Charged With Attempted Murder, Held Without Bail

Jul 10, 2019 12:03AM ● By Bill Gilman

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METHUEN -- A 29-year-old Dracut man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, after he allegedly shot a man in the parking lot of a Methuen McDonald's, Friday night.

Rodney Villar was arraigned Monday in Essex County District Court, and ordered held without bail. He was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a firearm; and assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to commit murder.

According to court records, the incident began just after 9 p.m. Friday, when two men began to argue in the parking lot of the McDonald's on Haverhill Street. Eventually, the argument turned physical and Villar allegedly pulled a gun and shot the victim in the abdomen.

Villar allegedly fled the scene after the shooting. He was located and arrested at his Dracut home approximately 90 minutes later. Lawrence, Dracut, Lowell and state police were involved in the search and the arrest.

The victim was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital before being Med-Flighted to a Boston trauma center. He was listed in stable condition as of Monday, according to an article published by the Eagle-Tribune.

Villar is scheduled to be back in court on July 15 for a dangerousness hearing.

According to police, the incident remains under investigation. 

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