A Manchester man arrested Sunday after allegedly shooting out the front tire of a passing vehicle in Northwood told police that he fired a pump-action shotgun, according to authorities.
Luke Foster, 20, faces two counts of felony reckless conduct with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting a shotgun in the direction of the vehicle, which placed the couple inside in danger of serious bodily injury.
Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Martin Honigberg ordered Foster to remain held on preventive detention at the Rockingham County jail at his arraignment Monday.
According to Northwood police, officers responded to the area of Routes 4 and 43 around 4:15 p.m. Sunday to investigate a report of an “active shooter.”
The victims, who weren’t hurt, told police that they were traveling on Route 43 when they saw a masked man standing in the road with a shotgun.
Police said they told officers that the man later identified as Foster approached their vehicle and shot out the tire.
He then allegedly fled in a black pickup truck.
After learning that the husband and wife weren’t injured, officer Daniel Gilon began searching for the truck and located it in a driveway on Mountain Avenue a short time later.
In an affidavit, police said Gilon found Foster, who admitted that “he did shoot at a vehicle.”
After receiving consent to search his truck, police said a shotgun matching the description of the one that was used was located inside, police said.
“Luke advised that he had used a pump action shotgun to shoot at the vehicle, and in his vehicle was a single shot shotgun and a pump action shotgun,” police said.
The truck was seized for further investigation.
Northwood police were assisted by New Hampshire State Police along with officers from Barrington, Deerfield, Nottingham and Strafford.
As part of Foster’s bail, Honigberg ordered that he be evaluated for possible inclusion in the county’s supervised pretrial release program.