Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Four arrested after gunfire at Augusta Maine Wal-Mart

The apparent drug-related shooting involved three suspects from New York and an Augusta woman, while police were investigating whether two additional people were involved.

AUGUSTA — Four people were arrested Sunday following an apparent drug-related incident in which police said two suspects fired guns at each other during a dispute in the parking Wal-Mart.

There were possibly two other people involved who had not been detained and police were still investigating Monday.

Crime scene tape surrounds a Volkswagen Jetta on Sunday evening in a parking lot at the Wal-Mart store in Augusta as police officers look for evidence after a report of shooting at the site. Staff photo by Jessica Lowell

Frankie Dejesus, top left, Diana Davis, top right, Samantha Tupper, bottom left, and Kweasia "Reggie" McBride, bottom right.Contributed photo

Charged in connection with the incident were:

• Kwiesha “Reggie” McBride of Harlem, New York, charged with reckless conduct with a firearm, Class C, and aggravated trafficking in drugs (heroin), Class B. His bail was set at $50,000.

• Frankie Dejesus of Rochester, New York, charged with reckless conduct with a firearm, Class C, and aggravated assault, Class B. His bail was set at $25,000.

• Diana Davis of Rochester, New York, charged with aggravated assault, Class B. Her bail was set at $5,000.

• Samantha Tupper, of Augusta, charged with probation violation and furnishing drugs (heroin), Class B. She was held without bail.

In a media briefing Sunday evening, Augusta police Sgt. Christian Behr said the shooting broke out between people in two cars parked beside each other at the Wal-Mart parking lot. Police received several 911 calls of shots fired around 5:24 p.m., and witnesses called police with vehicle and people descriptions, he said.

Shots were fired between both vehicles by a pair of the suspects and then one suspect emerged from one car and confronted people in the other car, Behr said.

The altercation was interrupted by two armed civilians who had been watching the dispute unfold, he said.


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