UPDATED: Four young Weston men were arrested last weekend for allegedly shooting mailboxes with shotguns and an airsoft BB gun from a vehicle.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 30, Patrick McGlone of Joanne Lane, 18, Ryan Gussen of High Acre Road, 19, Conor MacCabe of Godfrey Road East, 18, and Carmine Magnoli of North Calvin Road, 19, were all charged with reckless endangerment (first degree), conspiracy, unlawful discharge of a firearm, discharging a firearm on a public highway, criminal mischief (second degree), and breach of peace (second degree).
Mr. Magnoli was also charged with forgery (second degree), failure to display a front license plate, and carrying a loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle.
Police Sgt. Patrick Daubert said that at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Weston police received several 9-1-1 calls from residents of Samuelson Road in Georgetown. The callers reported hearing gunshots being fired outside their homes.
Mary McGee, who heard the shots near Samuelson Road Saturday night, said, “Let me tell you, the sound of shotguns piercing the quiet of the night is a startling thing.”
One caller reported seeing a vehicle described as a Jeep.
Officers responded to the scene and found several mailboxes had been shot with a shotgun. While there, officers heard “mutliple gunshots being fired in rapid succession,” Sgt. Daubert said.
At the same time — over the course of about a half-hour — Weston dispatch received more 9-1-1 calls reporting gunshots in other neighborhoods, including Osborn Farm Road and Old Farm Road in Georgetown, as well as calls from residents on Godfrey Road East, Lords Highway, and Ravenwood Drive.
While checking those locations, police found numerous shotgun shell casings in the road near other mailboxes that has been shot.
Weston police officers spotted the suspect vehicle on Lords Highway and followed it. At one point, the vehicle’s lights were shut off, but the driver continued driving while being followed by Weston officers.
Weston called for surrounding town police departments to assist since firearms were “actively involved,” police said.
Weston police continued to follow the vehicle and subsequently conducted what was considered a “high-risk felony motor vehicle stop” on Calvin Road near the southern end of Georgetown Road.
Wilton police arrived on scene shortly after the vehicle was stopped; the four suspects were removed from the vehicle and the vehicle was searched.
Inside the vehicle, police found two loaded shotguns, boxes of 12-gauge shotgun shells and an “airsoft” BB gun described as a “look-alike assault rifle.”
The weapons and vehicle were seized and the suspects were taken into custody and booked on the above listed charges.
Sgt. Michael Ferullo said it’s undetermined whether alcohol was a factor in the incident. Sobriety tests were not given because “this was a felony motor vehicle stop, not a motor vehicle stop for a violation,” he said. Because it was a “high risk stop” involving weapons, “at that point, motor vehicle violations were not a priority.”
Sgt. Ferullo praised the police officers involved for their containment of what was potentially a very dangerous situation. “They did an amazing job,” he said.
Sgt. Ferullo said the suspects were asked to give statements, but they refused. All four young men were released on bonds of $5,000 each.
The suspects are due to appear Oct. 9 in Norwalk Superior Court.