Man shot in dispute over online car sale in Randolph

A man pleaded not guilty to allegedly shooting another man in a dispute over the sale of a car that originated online in Randolph Monday, officials said.

Randolph police responded to an apartment complex at 625 South Main St. after reports of shots being fired at about 4 p.m., Randolph police said in a statement.

Officers arrested Erolw Pope-Foster, 25, of Andover after an investigation, according to the statement.

Pope-Foster was charged with armed assault to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling or building, police said.


Pope-Foster pled not guilty, David Traub, spokesman for the Norfolk District Attorney’s office said in a phone interview. Bail was revoked, and Pope-Foster will appear in Quincy District Court Friday Jan. 25 for a dangerousness hearing, Traub said.

They recovered and seized as evidence a revolver at the scene.

Pope-Foster and the victim, a man from Woburn, met through OfferUp, an app that allows users to buy and sell items, police said. The victim was selling his car on the app.

The men met at the apartment complex and argued about the car’s price, police said.

An altercation broke out between them, and the victim fell to the ground. Pope-Foster pulled out a handgun and fired it twice at the victim, according to police.

The victim then ran to the Avon fire station for help, police said.

Officers found Pope-Foster hiding in the back of one of the apartment buildings, police said. They found the revolver wrapped in a rag under a truck in the parking lot.

The victim suffered cuts on his hands from falling onto the ground, which had ice on it, police said.

The incident remains under investigation, police said.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the Randolph police at (781) 963-1212.


OfferUp spokesman Brandon Vaughan released a statement Tuesday outling ways for users to safely make transactions.

“OfferUp’s number one priority is to provide a trusted and secure place to buy and sell,” Vaughan said.

OfferUp encourages users to make transactions in well-lit and monitored community meetup spots, use their verified ID program TruYou, and use the user rating system, Vaughan said. Users can find trade spots at www.SafeTradeSpots.com.

Andrew Stanton can be reached at andrew.stanton@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewstanton.