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Police: Jeremey Sterling sprayed apartments with bullets trying to kill woman

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 24. 2017 8:29PM
Jeremey Sterling, charged in Thursday's shooting in Manchester, seen in a photo on his Facebook page. 

MANCHESTER — A Maine man calmly admitted to Manchester police on Thursday that he was trying to kill a woman he shot at least twice on Thanksgiving afternoon, believing the 39-year-old had smashed out his car’s rear window the previous night, according to court papers.

Jeremey Sterling, 25, of Deering Ridge Road in East Waterboro, Maine, faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Shannon Presutti. She appears to also go by the name Shannon Nelan.

Presutti is in critical condition at Catholic Medical Center, having been shot in the left breast and upper-left arm and shoulder, said Assistant County Attorney Patrice Casian.

During an arraignment, Casian said the shooting may have had something to do with a previous fight between Sterling and Presutti’s son.

Or he may have believed she was responsible for the damage to his car window.

He used a Glock 27, a .40 caliber handgun with an extended 22-round clip, Casian said.

“This was a senseless act of violence,” Casian said.

Sterling also faces two felony reckless conduct charges for shooting in a heavily populated residential area; one of the bullets went through a bedroom window where children were playing.

Sterling’s Facebook profile photo from 2015 shows him shooting an Uzi-sized firearm with an extended clip. He’s got a handgun tucked into his belt in the photo.

The shooting took place at Elmwood Gardens, a public housing complex in south Manchester.

According to a police affidavit, Sterling told police he spent the night at the home of his girlfriend, Djemi Lazarre, 27, at 145 O’Malley St.

In the morning, he noticed his rear window had been smashed, he told police. About noon, he left to get Chinese takeout for lunch.

When he returned he was sitting at the parking lot of 355 Brown Ave. when his driver-side door was opened, and Presutti stood in front of him.

She pointed at the window and asked if Sterling liked that, he told police.

He then got out of the car, pulled the gun out of his waistband and pointed it at her.

“Presutti backed up and he started shooting at her with the intent to kill her,” the affidavit reads. Sterling shot her at least once in the chest, police said, and she was driven by another person to Catholic Medical Center.

CMC briefly went into a lockdown as a precaution.

Arsenio Santiago, who lives at 355 Brown Ave., said his 13-year-old nephew was looking out a second-floor bedroom window when he saw the shooting.

“The girl was telling him ‘no, please, stop,’” Santiago said.

A bullet went through the bedroom window of Santiago’s daughter, JazMarie Santiago, 3. It lodged in the wall, just above her crib. She was in the room at the time, he said.

Fifteen family members were in the apartment at the time of the shooting.

Another bullet entered the upstairs bedroom of Akur Malith and his family, who live at 359 Brown Ave.

The shooting took place around 2:45 p.m., police said.

During a police interview, Sterling said he got into a fight with Presutti’s son a few weeks prior. He said he believed that Presutti stole from Lazarre and he believed that Presutti’s boyfriend was sending him threatening text messages. A week ago, his front windshield was damaged after he stayed overnight at Lazarre’s apartment.

Superior Court Judge Kenneth Brown entered a not guilty plea for Sterling during his video arraignment from Valley Street jail. He set bail at $500,000 cash. If convicted of attempted murder, he faces a possible term of life in prison.

A subsequent bail hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday.

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