Two men face weapons charges stemming from exchange of gunfire in Lewiston

July 10th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

LEWISTON — Two men appeared in District Court Monday to face charges stemming from an exchange of gunfire over the weekend that police said involved an attempted theft of drugs.

Quentaris J. Leonard, 33, of 135.5 Bartlett St., was charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, a Class C crime, punishable by up to five years in prison.

James L. Crump, 41, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was charged with attempted elevated aggravated assault, a Class B felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He also has been charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and reckless conduct with a firearm, both Class C felonies and punishable by up to five years in prison.

Crump, also known as “Jynx,” fired shots from a .44-caliber handgun at Leonard in the stairwell at 135.5 Bartlett St. around 6 a.m. Saturday, police said in an affidavit. Crump appeared to have fired shots from the second story in the direction of the third floor and into the apartment on that floor, police said.

Police found bullet holes in the third-floor apartment door where Leonard was living, as well as the wallboard and windowsill in that apartment, according to the affidavit.

Shell casings from a smaller caliber gun were found on the third-floor landing, apparently deposited there by a shooter firing downward to the second floor landing, police said.

Tenants on the second floor told police they called 911 after hearing the shots. Bullets fired from outside their apartment appeared to have pierced their walls

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