Lowell man ordered held without bail on weapons charges

LOWELL, MASS. (WHDH) - A Lowell man has been ordered without bail on weapons charges following two recent shootings, officials say.

Jody Boykins, 22, was charged in Lowell District Court Tuesday with attempting to commit assault and battery by discharging a firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm without a license, and three counts of vandalizing property in connection with two separate incidents that occurred on Aug. 5 and 6 involving alleged gunshots in Lowell, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s Office.

Officers responding to a report of gunshots in the area of Smith and Brant streets about 2:02 p.m. on Aug. 5 found a Honda Civic had fled the area toward Westford Street.

A preliminary investigation determined Boykins saw a male victim who is known to him enter a variety store on Branch Street and waited outside for him to exit. Upon exiting the store, the victim was confronted by Boykins and a physical altercation ensued in which the victim was repeatedly assaulted.

Police say the victim returned to his apartment before exiting and re-engaging with Boykins, who then fired 5-6 gunshots in the area of Smith and Brant streets.

On Aug. 6, Lowell police observed Boykins operating a motor vehicle on French Street that matched a description of his vehicle and pulled him over.  Police say a search revealed Boykins was in possession of a firearm without a license.

Boykins will return to court Aug. 13.

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