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Maine man charged with attempted murder for shooting woman Thanksgiving Day; toddler dodges a bullet

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 24. 2017 1:30PM
Police were investigating a reported shooting at 406 Brown Ave. in Manchester on Thursday. (Jeffrey Hastings)


MANCHESTER - A 3-year-old was playing in her bedroom Thanksgiving afternoon when a bullet went through her window and lodged in the wall just inches above her crib.

Jeremey Sterling, 25, of Waterboro, Maine, was charged with attempted murder and reckless conduct for the shooting and is expected to be arraigned Friday in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North.

Shots rang out about 2:45 p.m. Thursday at 355 Brown Ave., according to police. The incident was witnessed by one of nine children in a townhouse-style apartment at Elwood Gardens.

A woman was running down the street, saying "No! No!" and was shot, said Arsenio Santiago, recounting what his 13-year-old nephew said he saw.

“At first, we didn’t believe him,” the uncle said.

Santiago called 911 to report the shooting and a man crouched beside his Mustang. The man was on the telephone and also reporting the shooting the dispatcher told Santiago.

Police cruisers, along with a K-9 unit, quickly converged on the scene. One of the first officers to arrive found Sterling in the parking lot.

While securing the area, police learned someone had taken a woman with several gunshots to the chest to Catholic Medical Center. Police said the unnamed 39-year-old victim was struck several times and was listed in critical condition as of Thursday night.

As a precaution, CMC was locked down for a short time to ensure everyone’s safety. That order has since been lifted.

The shooting left bullet holes in several apartments at 355 and 359 Brown Ave., but police said the gunfire was not rampant or random. Sterling and the victim knew each other, they said.

JazMarie escaped injury when a bullet came through her window and lodged in the wall over her bed Thursday evening. (Mark Hayward/Union Leader)

"It's a miracle," said Ashley Sebastian, who's daughter with Santiago, JazMarie, 3, had a bullet fly through her window while she was playing. “Our angels were definitely looking over us.”

JazMarie's parents say the girl often plays on her bed, but was hiding in a toy box and didn't even hear the shot the broke her window. If she hadn't been, tragedy could have struck just as the family was about to sit down to Thanksgiving dinner.

As it was, the family ate their dinner downstairs while police gathered forensic evidence in the girl's bedroom above.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call the Manchester Police Department at (603) 668-8711 or anonymously at Manchester Crimeline at (603) 624-4040.

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