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Lowell Shooting Suspect Arrested

September 19, 2018

Jose Aponte

LOWELL -- The 40-year-old Lowell man wanted in Tuesday night’s shooting in the city’s Acre neighborhood has turned himself in to police.

Jose Aponte is charged with armed robbery and armed assault with intent to murder, according to a Lowell Police Department press release.

The victim, a 35-year-old Lowell man, is in serious condition at a Boston-area hospital with several gunshot wounds to his abdominal area, the release states.

Police responded to the area of 698-702 Merrimack St. around 7 p.m. for reports of shots fired. The victim was found on a sidewalk in front of Hei Elvis Convenience store.

Witness accounts and video footage allegedly revealed Aponte confronted the victim in the alley of 698-702 Merrimack St. with the intention of robbing him of money, police said. After Aponte allegedly shot the victiim, he fled the scene.

A warrant was issued for the suspect’s arrest.

Police revealed Aponte turned himself in on Wednesday afternoon.

Lowell Police Superintendent Kelly Richardson was hosting a meet-and-greet at the Lowell Senior Center on Broadway Street less than a half mile away when the shooting occurred. He appeared on the scene shortly afterward as the investigation took place.

Richardson was mentioned in Wednesday’s release praising the efforts of patrol officers and detectives “for their hard work which led to the identification and apprehension of the subject.”

“He also wishes to express thanks to the public for their cooperation and support during this investigation,” the release states.

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