An owner of a convenience store in Lowell fired two shots Wednesday night at a pair of armed robbery suspects who held up his business on Liberty Street, Lowell police said.
The robbery occurred at approximately 8:50 p.m. at the store located at 180 Liberty St., and the owner fired twice at the suspects with “a legally possessed handgun,” Lowell police said in a statement.
The suspects, described as two men wearing dark colored hoodies, fled down School Street towards Westford Street, police said.
About an hour later, police spotted a man matching the description and as they approached to speak with him, he ran off with police pursuing him on foot, police said. During the foot chase, police said the man dropped a backpack.
“He was eventually taken into custody,’’ police said in a statement. “Inside the backpack was a loaded Tech 9 firearm.”
Police said the man was taken to Lowell General Hospital for medical treatment.
The man charged with carrying a backpack with a firearm was identified as Matthew A. Fisher, 28, of Lowell. He is charged with unlawful carrying of a high capacity firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with obliterated serial number and armed career criminal.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in Lowell District Court.
Police said they are investigating Fisher’s possible connection to the armed robbery.
It was not clear if either suspect was hit by a bullet when the store owner opened fire, or if the suspects fired weapons during the robbery. Police also did not say whether the suspects fled the store with any cash or merchandise.