LOWELL (CBS) – Police arrested a man suspected of shooting a man and beating a woman during a drug deal early Wednesday morning in Lowell.

John Peralta, 23, was arrested Friday on several charges, including armed assault with intent to murder.

Lowell Police said Wednesday around 4:30 a.m. two people from out of town came to Read Street to meet a man and woman for a drug deal.

lowellgun Suspect Charged With Shooting Man, Beating Woman During Lowell Drug Deal

A gun seized following a shooting and beating in Lowell. (Image Credit: Lowell Police)

The woman became involved in an altercation and was hit in the head. A man ran to her assistance and was shot.

After searching a Read Street residence, police found a .22-caliber handgun, 350 rounds of ammunition, a high capacity feeding device, and evidence of a drug distribution operation.

Police said more charges are likely.


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