LOWELL, MA (August 30, 2012) – Last evening at 10:58 p.m. Lowell Police dispatch received a call for shots fired in the parking lot at Tedeschi’s convenience store at 494 Bridge Street. Upon arrival Officers discovered three shooting victims and a fourth victim who was a victim of a physical assault. One of the shooting victims was flown by med flight to a Boston Hospital. His condition at this time is stable. The two remaining shooting victims were treated atLowell hospitals and have since been released. The victim of the assault was also treated at a Lowell Hospital.
The subsequent investigation by Lowell Police Detectives and Massachusetts State Police assigned to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office has led to the arrest of Chanphakdae Thang ofLowellfor his involvement in this shooting. He has been charged with (3) counts of armed assault with intent to murder.
It appears at this time that two groups of individuals met in the parking lot at494 Bridge Street. It is unknown if this was an arranged meeting or a chance encounter; that continues to be part of the investigation. An altercation broke out between two of the individuals. The suspect allegedly pulled a firearm and began firing. Three individuals were struck and fled on foot. They were found by arriving Officers and then transported to area hospitals. The suspect then fled the scene in a motor vehicle. Thang will be arraigned on the charges this morning at Lowell District Court.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.