HAMPDEN, Maine — A local man faces multiple charges, including two felonies, in connection with a nighttime shooting spree that resulted in $2,000 in damage to the siding of a veterinary clinic.
The tenant of a rental apartment above the clinic was home at the time, but was not injured, police Sgt. Chris Bailey said Thursday.
Bryan Levesque, 20, was summoned Wednesday after an investigation that spanned several weeks, Bailey said. He said Levesque has been charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and aggravated criminal mischief, both Class C felonies, as well as discharging a firearm near a dwelling, shooting from a motor vehicle and possession of liquor by a minor by consumption.
“These are serious offenses that could have resulted in a significant tragedy,” Bailey said, adding that the area in which the incident took place was near homes and businesses, as well as busy Route 202.
Bailey said the investigation that led to the charges began about 9 p.m. on Oct. 19, when Hampden police were called to a residential area on Main Trail, located off Route 202. Two residents of the neighborhood said they heard shots and one of them reported having seen a red Ford pickup truck in the area where the sounds originated, Bailey said. He said that police collected two shells from the location.
Officer Marc Egan located the pickup in a driveway on Main Trail, said Bailey, who also went to the scene along with Officer David Farrar. There they found the truck’s 26-year-old driver, who is from Enfield and who was not charged, and Levesque, who was a passenger.
When the men were questioned, both said they had been bird hunting that day and also had consumed alcohol, Bailey said. He said that there were firearms in the truck, including a 12-gauge shotgun belonging to Levesque.
The next morning, police were called to Hampden Veterinary Clinic to investigate a report that bullets had struck the side of the building, located on Cary Circle in the Hampden Business and Commerce Park, also off Route 202, Bailey said.
Hampden police Officer Josh Gunn found several pellets from a 12-gauge shotgun shell embedded in the siding, Bailey said.
The tenant of the building above the clinic, who wasn’t one of the residents who called police, heard the shots but thought the sound came from a vehicle backfiring, Bailey said.