Lowell man sought in connection to shooting death of 23-year-old Boston woman

LOWELL, Mass. — A Lowell man is being sought in connection to a shooting that killed a 23-year-old Boston woman this week.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and the Lowell Police have launched an investigation into Tuesday’s shooting death of 23-year-old Deija Mendez.

According to officials, a warrant for the arrest of 20-year-old Xavier DeJesus, of Lowell has been issued in connection to the shooting.

Authorities say the shooting happened at around 3:30 p.m on June 23 outside a home on Coral Street in the city.

At the scene, responding officers found the Mendez in the front seat of a black Chevrolet Tahoe suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

DeJesus has been charged with murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of ammunition without an FID card in connection with the fatal shooting.  

He is described as being approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds. If you have any information on DeJesus, authorities are asking the public not to approach him and call 911 or contact Lowell Police at 978-459-8477 immediately.

Preliminary investigation shows DeJesus may have been known to Mendez and that there was allegedly a dispute over the possession of a car prior to the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Lowell Police at 978-459-8477.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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