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LOWELL (WBZ) ― A man was beaten to death outside a Lowell sub shop early Sunday morning, police said.

The victim, who has not been identified, was found at Santoro's sub shop on Gorham Street. He was rushed to a Boston hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No one has been arrested for this murder, but police say they are investigating. "We are conducting an active investigation into this incident and are following any and all leads at this time," said District Attorney Gerry Leone.

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Cops probe 'slaughterhouse' at Lowell pizzeria


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STERILE: A cleanup crew works on the grisly scene at Santoro's pizzeria in Lowell yesterday.

A street brawl appears to have led to the fatal beating of a male early yesterday morning in a landmark Lowell pizzeria.
"It looked like a slaughterhouse in there," bystander Nikki Ross said of the bloody aftermath in Santoro's Sub Shop, 194 Gorham St.
Sources said police were called to the area on a report of a large fight, which spilled into the restaurant. It was unclear how many people were involved or if others were hurt.
The unresponsive victim, whose name and age authorities were not releasing pending notification of his family, was rushed to a Boston hospital after the 12:30 a.m. attack, but later succumbed to his injuries.
No arrests were immediately announced.
"We are conducting an active investigation into this incident, and are following any and all leads at this time," Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone Jr. said.
Santoro's owner, James Dunn, 58, could not be reached for comment.
A tenant of Dunn's who owns a shop next to Santoro's and spoke on condition her name not be published, said of the murder scene opposite a downtown elderly housing complex: "It was gore - straight-out gore."
Dunn, she said, has been with Santoro's since he was a teen and "is a wonderful person and a very gentle man. He's a hardworking man. I don't want the shop to shut down. (Dunn) is struggling. We small business owners are closing down a dime a dozen. I drove into Lowell (three years ago) in a Range Rover. Now, I'm on foot."
Lowell police and state police assigned to Leone's office said in a joint statement they are "conducting a homicide investigation into the circumstances of the incident."

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I know that area well and actually used to go to Santoro's for lunch as it was close to the courts. While there's a lot to like about Lowell you have to be careful what time you go there today and where you go as well.
 

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Arrest In Deadly Sandwich Shop Beating

The victim was found at Santoro's Sub Shop on Gorham Street early Sunday morning.
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LOWELL (WBZ) ― Lowell police have made an arrest in connection with a weekend beating death at a city sandwich shop.

Roberto Garcia, 20, is charged with armed assault with intent to murder.

The Middlesex District Attorney's office says he was involved in an altercation at Santoro's Sub Shop early Sunday morning with a person who was not the victim.

The victim's name has not been released.

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LOWELL -- A week after a 38-year-old city man was beaten to death inside the Gorham Street sub shop, Santoro's has agreed to shut its doors two hours earlier this weekend.
The shop was to close at 2 a.m. today and tomorrow, two hours before the 4 a.m. weekend closing time that has been the norm since the restaurant opened 50 years ago.
"It was a mutual decision," said Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee, adding that Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan and Capt. Kevin Staveley have been working with Santoro's owner, James Dunn. "There is an ongoing dialogue to try to address concerns we had regarding the late-night closing. This early closing is temporary while we work out some long-term solutions."
The eatery, popular with third-shift workers and the after-hours crowd following last call at the downtown bars, came under fire following a brutal 2 a.m. fight Sunday that resulted in the death of Robert Foresti, 38, of Lowell.
The Sun has learned that, although Santoro's typically has a police officer standing by the counter on Saturday and Sunday mornings, there was no officer assigned to the shop the morning that Foresti was killed. Sources told The Sun that the 1 a.m.-to-4 a.m. detail is difficult to fill because of the early-morning hours.
Witnesses told police that Foresti tried to intervene to break up a fight that involved Roberto Garcia, 20, of Lowell, when Foresti was assaulted.
Garcia was arrested in connection with the incident and pleaded innocent in Lowell District Court last week to a charge of armed assault with intent to murder. His next court date is Nov. 3.
No arrests have been made in the slaying.
Santoro's has a history of early-morning violence. Two shootings took place within days of each other at Santoro's in August.
In May 2007, a fight broke out in the restaurant's doorway, and another at the counter during which a 26-year-old Lowell man suffered stab wounds to his neck, arm and chest, police said.
"We are going to close early this weekend and see what happens," said Dunn. "We are not sure what we are going to do in the future, but we are working to evaluate the situation."
When asked if he has considered hiring a private security detail, Dunn would only say that he is working to evaluate the situation and find long-term solutions.
LOWELL SUN



INSPECTOR'S NOTE: The fact a police detail had been there during wee morning hours that are hard to fill I wonder if the SUN reporter inserted the last comment to have to owner consider hiring private security or even flagmen.
 
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