A search is underway for a 20-year-old Massachusetts man suspected of shooting a 23-year-old woman to death during a “dispute over the possession of a motor vehicle.”
An arrest warrant has been issued for Xavier DeJesus in connection with the murder of Deija Mendez, who was killed Tuesday afternoon while sitting in the driver’s seat of a black Chevrolet Tahoe, according to a release from the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.
Lowell Police were called to the scene around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and discovered Mendez “suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.” She was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
“The preliminary investigation suggests that DeJesus may have been known to the victim and that there was allegedly a dispute over the possession of a motor vehicle prior to the fatal shooting,” the district attorney’s office said.
Meghan Kelly, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office, told Oxygen.com that Mendez was “rightfully in possession of the Tahoe she was discovered in.”
Nearby neighbors said they didn't hear any commotion before the shooting.
“I was inside my house playing video games at the time this happened. I didn’t hear anything, not a single gunshot … nothing,” one neighbor told local station WHDH.
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, according to the district attorney’s office.
Authorities have said anyone who comes in contact with DeJesus—who is described as 5’7” tall and weighing 140 pounds—should not approach him and should call 911 or Lowell Police instead.
On Monday, the district attorney’s office also announced the arrest of three individuals in “connection with allegedly lying to police” during the ongoing investigation into Mendez’s death, according to a press release.
Angel Garcia, 29, has been charged with intimidation of a witness. Devine McKinney, 21, and Selena Simonphone, 22, are facing charges of intimidation of a witness and accessory after the fact to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
McKinney and Simonphone have been accused of assisting DeJesus evade police after the shooting, according to the district attorney’s office.
All three will be arraigned today virtually in Lowell District Court.
Kelly told Oxygen.com that DeJesus remains on the run.
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