Manchester Police arrest man for shooting teen, running down another with car
MANCHESTER, Conn. (WFSB) - Manchester police arrested a man in connection with the shooting of a teenager Thursday night.
According to police, officers responded a report of a 15-year-old male who sustained a gunshot wound to his upper right arm after shots were fired around Dougherty Street and McKee Street.
Responding officers located the victim and learned that multiple shots were fired in the area of Dougherty Street. While officers were on scene at 16 McKee Street, a pedestrian was reportedly struck by a vehicle in the area of 69 McKee Street.
The 17-year-old male who was struck by a vehicle sustained minor injuries and it was learned that the suspect in the shooting was the operator of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian. The 15-year-old male was transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and is in stable condition.
Prosecutors say Jamie Garcia, 44, already told police he did it.
But his attorney said he has evidence showing it may have been self-defense.
Officials said eight teenagers were at a birthday party in town Thursday night.
They were playing a game outside, running around.
Then a 15-year-old boy was shot, and a 17-year-old was hit by a car.
“I find this absolutely frightening,” said Cindy Edwards.
Cindy leaves court after seeing the man accused of shooting at a group of teenage boys, including her grandson.
“He’s very much in shock,” said Cindy.
In shock because a birthday party turned violent last night in Manchester.
The teens were playing the popular game, manhunt, outside.
Police said Garcia came out of his house and shot a 15-year-old boy in the upper arm.
He then got in his car and hit a 17-year-old boy, police said.
Garcia has been charged with first-degree assault, 3 counts of criminal attempt at first-degree assault, second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, 5 counts of rick of injury to a minor, carrying a pistol without a permit and evading responsibility.Prosecutors say he’s admitted to the whole thing.
Garcia’s lawyer, William Gerace, says ring camera footage tells a different story.
“Eight youths burglarizing a house running away with hoods on,” said Gerace. “I didn’t hone in that deeply on it. I just saw the vague outlines of it.”
Gerace claims the footage shows the boys on Garcia’s property, not inside his house.
“What makes you use the word burglarizing if you haven’t seen the video up close or that clearly?” Eyewitness News asked.
“The ring doorbell obviously is attached to the front door. They had no business being at the front door. Let’s put it that way,” Gerace said.
The judge made it clear in court, that if the boys were by the front door, it doesn’t justify shooting one and hitting another with a car.
“We are not in the wild wild west,” said the judge.
“There’s significant video evidence here,” Gerace said.
Eyewitness News has not seen that ring footage.
Gerace said he would show us at some point.
Garcia’s bond was set at $1 million. Eyewitness News asked if Garcia would be able to post it Gerace said they’re working on it.
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