Police arrest 18-year-old accused of opening fire during dispute over vehicle in Chelmsford

CHELMSFORD, MASS. (WHDH) - An 18-year-old Quincy man is facing a slew of criminal charges after police say he opened fire on another man in Chelmsford on Monday during a dispute over a car he borrowed without permission, officials said.

Officers investigating a reported shooting on Sinai Circle arrested Zachary A. Stewart on charges including armed assault with intent to murder, attempted assault and battery with a firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and illegally possessing a firearm without an FID card, according to Chelmsford Police Chief James M. Spinney.

A preliminary investigation suggests Stewart opened fire on a man he knew after the man became upset that he used his car without his permission.

There were no reported injuries.

In a statement, Spinney said, “This incident is a good example of multi-agency coordination and cooperation. By working together with our neighbors in Lowell and partners in Quincy, police were able to take an illegal firearm off the streets and locate a dangerous suspect.”

Stewart is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Lowell District Court.

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