Lowell Man Charged in Connection with Shooting, Carjacking
LOWELL -- A 20-year-old Lowell man is being held without bail as he faces charges in connection with three violent incidents, including a carjacking and a shooting that both occurred early Tuesday morning.
Assistant District Attorney Francesca Cone said Christopher Sanchez, of 46 Mount Hope St., Unit 4, admitted to police that he fired three gunshots into the air during an April 14 fight on North Common in Lowell.
Cone said Sanchez was identified as a suspect in that incident when he dropped off his cousin, who had been stabbed, at Lowell General Hospital, in a vehicle that fit the description of one that had fled the fight.
Cone said Sanchez made the admission after he was arrested in connection with a carjacking and a shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning in the Centralville neighborhood.
In those incidents, Sanchez allegedly fired several gunshots that struck a 23-year-old Lowell man in the legs during a fight in the parking lot of 7-Eleven at Bridge and West Sixth streets.
Shortly after that shooting, Sanchez went to a party at 363 Hildreth St., and was overheard bragging that he just shot someone, according to police reports.
Two men who overheard the boasts were told to leave the party; as they walked out of the apartment complex Sanchez and Ronald Brown, 19, who has no known address, approached them and pulled a gun, according to police reports.
Brown allegedly pistol-whipped one of the men and stole his car keys and car, according to police reports.
When police went to the apartment on Hildreth Street, they recognized a resident of the apartment, Brianna Bourassa, 21, of 363 Hildreth St., Unit 33, as a woman who was seen in surveillance video at the earlier shooting, according to police reports.
A search of the apartment turned up a 9mm handgun and ammunition, according to police reports.
A police report says several people who were at the Hildreth Street party identified Sanchez as being involved with the earlier shooting.
Bourassa was arraigned Tuesday on charges of possession of a firearm without a license, and possession of ammunition without a license.
Judge Daniel Crane ordered her held on $2,000 cash bail, but also ordered her held without bail on an alleged probation violation.
Brown was arraigned Tuesday on two counts of carjacking while armed with a firearm, two counts of armed robbery, and one count each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and giving a false name to police.
Brown is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.
Sanchez is charged with armed assault with intent to murder, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a license, and two counts each of carjacking, armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and carrying a firearm without a license.
Sanchez’s attorney, Robert Normandin, said his client denies shooting anyone or even having a gun. He said Sanchez also denies he admitted firing a gun in the April 14 incident.
“He was in the vicinity, but that’s it,” Normandin said. “He’s not the shooter.”
Sanchez and Brown are due back in court on Monday for dangerousness hearings. Bourassa is due back in court on May 23.
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