Gunfire ends in man’s arrest


LEWISTON – In the Bronx, N.Y., the sound of occasional gunfire is not uncommon. In Lewiston, it tends to draw attention.

A Bronx man was arrested early Friday after police said he fired a half-dozen rounds from a semi automatic handgun outside a Bates Street apartment.

Vincent L. Steed, 24, was arrested on charges of aggravated reckless conduct and illegal possession of a firearm. Police also charged Steed with aggravated drug trafficking after they found a quantity of crack cocaine while arresting him.

Just before 2 a.m., a police officer on patrol heard what he believed to be a series of gunshots from an apartment at 295 Bates St. The officer went to that apartment house and called for backup.

When police arrived, they found several spent casings from a .40-caliber handgun on the ground, according to Lt. Tom Avery. It appeared the gun had been fired from a porch.

Steed was found nearby, and police said he was in possession of the handgun. They said he also was holding crack cocaine and a large wad of cash. He was arrested and taken to the Androscoggin County Jail where he remained Friday night.

Police said it was unknown if Steed had been firing at anything specific or just shooting randomly. Nobody was hurt in the gunfire. Steed was charged with illegal possession of a firearm because he is forbidden to own or carry guns due to prior felony convictions, police said.

Avery said it is part of police lore that gunshots are often heard in bigger cities, like the New York. The sound of gunfire in downtown Lewiston, on the other hand, gets quick notice.

“Around here, gunshots do stand out,” Avery said. “It gets our attention and we will always follow up very thoroughly.”