LOWELL — A Nashua man is facing firearm charges and accusations he accidentally shot a coworker in the leg with a .22-caliber rifle on Lawrence Street in Lowell on Wednesday.
Mateus Lapa, 20, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm without a license and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, according to Lowell police Capt. James Hodgdon.
The victim’s injury is considered non-life-threatening, Hodgdon said.
The incident came to light when Lowell Police Department Criminal Investigations Division detectives were called to a New Hampshire hospital for reports of a gunshot victim.
The victim told police his gunshot wound was the result of an accident, Hodgdon said. According to the victim’s account to police, Lapa was showing off the rifle when an accidental discharge took place, striking the victim in the leg.
Hodgdon said Lapa legally bought the rifle in New Hampshire, but does not possess a Firearm Identification Card or Non-resident License to Carry in Massachusetts.
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