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Lowell Man Arrested in 2018 Shooting Death

March 21, 2019
Anthony Luna was found shot to death inside a car on O Connell Street in Lowell around 4 a.m. on Feb. 17, 2018.

LOWELL -- The man allegedly responsible for the shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Luna in the area of O’Connell and Fay streets last year was arrested Wednesday, ending the investigation surrounding who pulled the trigger, authorities say.

Joseph McGillicuddy, 22, of Lowell, who was indicted by a grand jury on March 7, will be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on the charge of murder on Thursday morning, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Luna’s body was found by police inside a Mercedes-Benz on O’Connell Street at around 4 a.m. on Feb. 17, 2018. His cousins, Joseph Luna and Christian Tripp-Kirwin, who were inside the car when Anthony Luna was shot, were arraigned for firearm charges days after the shooting. However, they were not suspects in the killing.

The person who shot Anthony Luna remained unclear to the public until State Police arrested McGillicuddy at an Ames Hill Road residence in Tewksbury on Wednesday.

Police reports say Luna, along with Joseph Luna and Tripp-Kirwin, both 21 at the time, were driving around on the morning of the shooting. Based on statements to police from Tripp-Kirwin, as the trio sat in a car parked on O’Connell Street, a previously unknown assailant suddenly appeared and opened fire on all three men.

Police reports say officers responding to the scene of the shooting were warned by dispatchers that people were fleeing from the scene. Officer Stephen Hunter spotted Joseph Luna and Tripp-Kirwin walking away in the area of Lundberg and Gorham streets.

While frisking the men, Hunter found a semi-automatic .380 caliber handgun in Tripp-Kirwin’s jacket, police said. Tripp-Kirwin told police his cousin was dead in a Mercedes-Benz parked nearby on O’Connell Street, according to police.

Anthony Luna’s body was found at that location.

Joseph Luna, who suffered a gunshot wound to his elbow, was treated at Lowell General Hospital and released.

Tripp-Kirwin was charged with unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawfully carrying a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card, according to court records. Joseph Luna, who was photographed on Snapchat holding the gun 30 minutes before the shooting, was charged with possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card.

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