UPDATE: Lowell Auto-repair Worker Shot, Suspect Sought
LOWELL -- An auto repair shop employee shot in an armed robbery in the Belvidere neighborhood Saturday night suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to a press release from the Lowell Police Department.
As of noon on Sunday, police were still seeking the suspected shooter, according to Capt. James Hodgdon.
Officers responded to an auto repair shop on 79 Phoenix Ave. at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for a report of a man shot during an armed robbery.
Hodgdon said an employee encountered the suspect -- who was wearing a ski mask and carrying a firearm -- in the office area of the business.
“He did have a firearm and during the (scuffle) with the victim the firearm went off,” Hodgdon said.
Police said the suspect stole a silver Hyundai, one of the vehicles the shop was working on, and fled the scene.
The Tewksbury Police Department found the vehicle abandoned on Interstate 495 northbound near the Route 133 exit about two hours later, according to the press release and an emergency radio broadcast.
According to Hodgdon, the vehicle will be processed by the State Police Crime Lab Monday. Police are also seeking video of the suspect from another business.
The suspect is described as a white male about six feet tall. He was wearing a black ski mask, long brown jacket and green winter gloves, according to a police.
The motive for the robbery is unknown, according to Hodgdon.
“It was unclear what he was there for,” he said.
The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The investigation is ongoing, according to police.
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