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Four Weston Teens Arrested After Shotgun Shooting Spree

Police arrested four young men after they were caught firing shotguns at mailboxes in northern Weston.

Update, 10:16 a.m.

Carmine Magnoli, according to The Weston Forum, and Patrick McGlone, according to a press release from Senator Joe Lieberman, have connections to the military.

Original article:

Four young men were arrested early Sunday morning after apparently driving around northern Weston and firing two shotguns and a BB gun at mailboxes. 

The men—two 18-year-olds and two 19-year-olds—are all from Weston. 

According to police, the department received numerous 911 calls around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 from residents on Samuelson Road reporting gunshots being fired outside their homes. One of the callers told police those responsible for the shots were driving a Jeep. 

Weston Police officers responded to Samuelson Road and discovered several mailboxes on that road had been shot with a shotgun. Officers then heard "multiple shotgun rounds being fired in rapid succession in the area," according to a press release.

At the same time, police said, the department received 911 calls from residents of Osborn Farm Road reporting gunshots in the area.

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"Over the course a half hour, we received calls from many residents reporting gunshots in the area of Samuelson Road, Old Farm Road, Lords Highway, Godfrey Road East and Ravenwood Drive," the press release says. "While checking those areas, Weston Police found numerous shotgun shell casings in the roadway near the mailboxes that had been shot." 

Officers eventually spotted a Jeep matching the description provided by the Samuelson Road resident on Lords Highway. 

"The suspect vehicle shut its lights off and continued driving while being followed by Weston officers," the press release says. 

Because there were firearms involved in the situation, police requested help from neighboring police departments. 

"Weston Police officers continued to follow the vehicle and subsequently conducted a high-risk felony motor vehicle stop on Calvin Road," the release says. "Wilton Police arrived on scene shortly after and the suspects were removed from the vehicle."

A search of the vehicle revealed two loaded shotguns, boxes of shotgun shells and an BB gun that was a lookalike assault rifle, police said. 

The names and charges of those arrested are as follows:

  • Patrick McGlone, 18, of Joanne Lane, was charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree, conspiracy, unlawful discharge of a firearm, discharging a firearm from a public highway, criminal mischief in the second degree and breach of peace in the second degree. 
  • Ryan Gussen, 19, of High Acre Road, was also charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree, conspiracy, unlawful discharge of a firearm, discharging a firearm from a public highway, criminal mischief in the second degree and breach of peace in the second degree. 
  • Conor MaCabe, 18, of Godfrey Road East, was charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree, conspiracy, unlawful discharge of a firearm, discharging a firearm from a public highway, criminal mischief in the second degree, breach of peace in the second degree and forgery in the second degree.
  • Carmine Magnoli, 19, of North Calvin Road, was charged with reckless endagerment in the first degree, conspiracy, unlawful discharge of a firearm, discharging a firearm from a public highway, criminal mischief in the second degree, breach of peace in the second degree, forgery in the second degree, failure to display a front license plate and carrying a loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle.

The four men are scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 9. 

Police said alcohol—which was found in the vehicle—may have been a factor in the incident, and since the case is still under investigation, it remains to be seen whether more charges will be filed. 

(Editor's note: This article originally said that alcohol was a factor in the incident. It has been updated to say that it might have been, as the case remains under investigation. Sergeant Mike Ferullo said he presented this incident to the police commission on Tuesday, Oct. 2 and told them that "no alcohol testing was done due to the serious nature of the motor vehicle stop and the charges.")

Emily Hall October 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
@Bill, irrelevant. These men, however young, are legal adults and 100% responsible for their own behavior. Their parents must be mortified, however. I know I would be if my kid was committing these acts.
David Gurliacci (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Oh, the philately!
Mr. Anonymous October 03, 2012 at 07:20 PM
All - Some of these comments are seriously undermining what happened here. These young men were shooting firearms from a moving car while in possession of alcohol. I don't care what they were firing at - they had lethal weapons.... that have an effective lethal range of over 40 yards... and unlike one bullet shot with a gun - they used a shot gun that fires multiple bullets at the same time. I hope no one in the system gives these young men any leniency. They deserve to be locked up. They deserve a felony record. They should never again be afforded the right to buy or possess a firearm again. To those that think, "oh, kids do stupid things...." If there is a line in the sand, they crossed it by a mile. Nothing about what they did is funny. Great job to the Weston PD and to all the vigilant people of Weston that called 911 and helped the PD track these men down.
Mike M October 03, 2012 at 09:50 PM
The term "Shooting Spree" should be reserved for attempted homicides. Those boys are still dumb as hell though.
Juice October 03, 2012 at 10:54 PM
What if these boys were from Bridgeport? I bet you all would be taking a much harsher approach to the way you are downplaying this. I guarantee if they were minorities from a surrounding city there would be outrage in Weston.
David Gurliacci (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Because it IS humorous, Jean Marie. If the police reports are correct, what we have here is a crime that did NOT result in anyone actually getting hurt. No one's dismissing the danger, but the fact is there's a funny element to it. Taxpayers' dollars pay for some pretty pricey police protection and getting humorous police reports out of it is one of the ways Our (actually, your) Tax Dollars Are At Work. I will laugh away. Their lives aren't ruined, only some mailboxes. Lighten up.
AS October 03, 2012 at 11:36 PM
In more rural farm areas it is typical to see shotgun holes through most of the street signs. If these boys were minorities from Bridgeport Juice, they would probably still be in jail. No one is saying these actions are OK Jean Marie. You obviously aren't perceptive to sarcasm. "Boys" make stupid decisions when they are in their teens. Especially in areas with nothing to do and easy access to alcohol, drugs, and in this case guns, this behavior isn't all that shocking. I am guessing you were never a boy Jean Marie, and you and your kids (if you have them) live a very sheltered life. Fortunately no one was hurt. But it is not like they were out to shoot or rob someone. The sad thing is, in urban areas every day "boys" are shooting at other boys for fun, but none of you care about that as long as Weston is safe (no minorities allowed). And let's leave their parents out of it.
Mr. Anonymous October 04, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Wow. AS, I really hope they didn't let someone like you get a gun permit. This kind of thinking is ridiculous. By the way, I am a republican, and have a CT Pistol permit. Your thinking is completely obnoxious. Lets not forget that these kids most likely led a fabulous childhood. They had every opportunity in the world. They had an excellent education and lived in a beautiful town. Sounds like they were living at home... and not going to college.... and now they will probably be going to jail. This is NOT ok behavior.... and since when does Weston CT compare to a farming town in the middle of nowhere?
AS October 04, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Of course this isn't OK behavior Mr. Anonymous. Like I said luckily noone was hurt. You are a Republican with a gun permit, so what? Weston used to be a farm town not that long ago (before every yuppie and financier in the world moved here) and it currently compares in the sense that there is about as much to do at night for teens as a farm town. If these boys were legally allowed to drink at home or allowed to do so by their parents, they probably wouldn't have been driving around but rather would have been playing Call of Duty.
Siwanoy October 04, 2012 at 01:27 PM
@the mirror, funny how you know they were drunk supposedly, yet the police report doesn't indicate that.
Siwanoy October 04, 2012 at 01:32 PM
@Emily you're assuming they were firing a shot gun from far away at the mailbox, more then likely they shot the mailbox from a few feet away as stopped while driving by, no one really shoots from distance with a shot gun. You're assuming they were drunk. "At the very least all individuals should loose their license to drive (open container)," assuming they all have their license "serve some time (illegal discharge of a fire arm)" assuming none of them have used Acceerated Rehabilitation. "and me mandated to take a gun safety course. " 2 of them were active members of the military and had taken a gun safety course.... we don't even know yet, WHO was shooting with the shotguns vs the BB gun. They are all charged initially as it is likely none of them said much when arrested, these things get worked out with the state prosecutor, perhaps 2 of the young adults were the ones shooting shotguns, another with the BB gun, and the other did nothing other then drive.. do I know? nope, do you? Judging by all your assumptions, highly doubtful. I'm not saying what they didn't wasn't wrong or illegal, but what they did doesn't stop due process, nor does it excuse baseless assumptions.
Siwanoy October 04, 2012 at 01:34 PM
and Wilton PD, since apparently Weston PD isn't capable of handling a situation like this on their own... luckily for them none of them are in Bridgeport's PD.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Debbie Frank shared this comment on our Facebook page: "My dog woke me up because he was startled by something early that morning and then I thought I heard a loud gun shot but wasn't sure and just chalked it up to being half asleep! At least I know I wasn't hearing things! I think this goes way beyond "boys will be boys"!" https://www.facebook.com/WestonReddingEastonPatch
Siwanoy October 04, 2012 at 01:36 PM
@Jean, They won't necessarily have records, we don't know if any of them have had criminal history, and there are 2 rehabilitation programs one can use, where if you serve out your probation the charges are expunged. The 2 of them that are in the military will have it the toughest, they'll have a dishonorable discharge from the military, never looks good when applying to jobs.
Siwanoy October 04, 2012 at 01:42 PM
nothing in the article says the shots were fired while the car was moving, you just made that up.... how do you know it was a double barrel shotgun and not a single barrel? they might have an effective lethal range of 40 yards, but when your shooting from a car, down at a mail box, the lethality range goes down the tubes. "They deserve a felony record. " its not about what someone deserves, or what someone else thinks they deserve, its what the laws on the books state, if they still have it, they could use AR and be put on what I would assume to be a very lengthy, probation, after which, should they complete it, have the record expunged. It's interesting to see another comment thanking the Weston PD, but not the Wilton PD that was called in for assistance.
Siwanoy October 04, 2012 at 01:45 PM
"It was dark, after all and a large percentage of Weston's population does work quite late in NYC and my scenario isn't that far fetched." it is pretty far fetched, while a large percentage of Weston's populating might work quite late in NYC, i would put the percentage of people coming home from working in NYC at 1:30 AM on a Sunday at <0 This kids might have made a VERY dumb decisions, but you also think they're blind and cant tell the difference between a HUMAN and a MAIL BOX? I have yet to come across ANYONE who has gone out to check their mail at 1:30 AM on a Sunday.... so yea, your scenario is far fetched.
Siwanoy October 04, 2012 at 02:49 PM
"Lets not forget that these kids most likely led a fabulous childhood. They had every opportunity in the world. They had an excellent education and lived in a beautiful town. " If you don't now about the subject, you probably shouldn't say anything about it, do you know all 4 kids personally, and know they led a fabulous childhood?
Siwanoy October 04, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Jean... @Siwanoy-an individual could have been arriving/departing their home from work, going/arriving from vacation, going for a run, who knows what. (very true, unfortnatly for you, you said specifially coming home from work in NYC, either way, the difference between a MAIL BOX and a HUMAN are vast, as well as a CAR and a MAIL BOX.) The range for a shotgun is 1,000-1,500 yds. (I don't own guns, but shooting a shotgun from almost a mile away, is not an effective way to hit the target... also, you totaly neglected the fact that they were shooting from the car, so they were at the hight or above the mail box) No one knows if the car was moving & no one knows who fired. (False, some people do know, you specifically do not) I know WHY the Wilton PD was called, you don't think its odd your tax dollars go to a police department that can't handle a simple situation such as this without calling for out of town back up? Whats the point in having a PD if every time something other then underage drinking goes on, back up from out of town has to be called? "get your facts straight prior to posting." funny you should say that... 'Regardless of how lenient the judge decides to be, these young idiots now have records b/c they're adults. " 100% false, look up Accelerated Rehabilitation for starters.
Siwanoy October 04, 2012 at 03:25 PM
"The range for a shotgun is 1,000-1,500 yds" did you even bother to research this before posting? Shotguns slugs are used by police for riots INSTEAD of rifles due to their shorter effective range, and greater accuracy. The police estimate their effective range at 100 yards and won't use them in situations calling for accuracy above 100 yards. "A modern slug shotgun, with rifled barrel and high performance saboted slugs, is the top choice for hunters who must hunt with a shotgun, as it provides rifle-like power and accuracy at ranges over 150 yards (140 m). (While most hunters do not use a slug past these distances, they should still be aware that stray slugs can cause damage well past 150 yards (140 m) )" 150 yards = 450ft, still way off your close to 1 MILE range you stated. Lets look elsewhere... "Some companies claim their predator-hunting tubes consistently hold tight patterns to 70 yards." - http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPage?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&&mode=article&objectID=33771&catID&subcatID=0 "and theorectically could translate to just 12" at 50 yards" - http://www.texasguntalk.com/forums/shotguns/31869-effective-range-shotgun-your-experience.html and there a plenty more.... so yea, where did you see that shotguns have a range of almost a mile?
Siwanoy October 04, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Jean, you know its possible for me not be from Weston as well as NOT trolling to stir up trouble right? There are other possibilities, but if it makes you feel better to name call and call me troll, go right ahead, i'm not trolling and it doesn't bother me to the least. (its actually nice to see you get so defensive and resort to calling me a troll.. way to keep your composure) "I only posted the range of the shotgun to illustrate the fact that it could have hit someone beyond the intended target, IE: the mailbox. " but you purposefully lied about the range.... and you still ignore the fact that they were most likely aiming down from an SUV to the mailbox. "Weston PD is a highly trained department as are the other departments nearby. When firearms are involved, it's protocol to call in for back up." Absolutely, and NOWHERE did i say they shouldn't have called for back up, I specifically stated out of town back up. They don't do that in Greenwich, Stamford, Bridgeport etc. Do they have better police departments? Or are they just comfortable with their training to handle any situation that arises, as they should, since they are trained professionals. I fully understand the need to call for back up, most likely it was a single officer in the car, and there were 4 people in the car he/she pulled over as well as weapons, but out of town back up?
Siwanoy October 04, 2012 at 03:37 PM
its a funny comment coming from someone who also posted "Yep, that makes total sense; wait for another incident and hope that a neighboring town will help cover our butts."
The Mirror October 05, 2012 at 02:53 AM
@siwanoy...funny how you can't read: "Police said alcohol—which was found in the vehicle—may have been a factor in the incident." And...um...they were riding around shooting at mailboxes. With a shotgun. Do the math.
Siwanoy October 05, 2012 at 04:01 AM
@the mirror you do the math no one was charged with a DUI, no one was charged with possession of alcohol. Charges MIGHT be coming for that, but unless your the Weston PD, you don't know. You're assuming, on the basis that alcohol (we don't know how much) was in the car, yet with no charges. I for one believe in due process, and am above calling 18 and 19 year olds brainless, morons, or accuse them of something I don't know of. but hey, you want to be the judge and jury go right ahead, America might not be the place for you.
The Mirror October 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
@swwanoy You're "above calling 18 and 19 year olds brainless, morons,..." when they were caught shooting shotguns from a car? Really? Then they're not the only ones who fit that description. Wear it. Own it. Be proud of yourself.
Siwanoy October 05, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Absolutely. I'm not 18 or 19, certainly am not brainless (a bit hard to be brainless yet be able to, post on patch, make choices, etc) And certainly not a moron. Either way, call me what you want, it reflects more on you then it does me. Have a nice day.
Marky Mark and the Marks October 05, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Looks like they all called shotgun!!!!
Emily Hall October 06, 2012 at 01:32 AM
@Siwanoy, I know that being an internet troll is endless fun, but really man. Who said anything about doing away with due process? Stop trippin. Being young and male is not license to exercise poor judgement. Shooting at mailboxes is not a normal pass time for well adjusted people. If this is acceptable what does that say to all the 18 and 19 year-old young me who are working jobs to put themselves through school and make something of themselves? Whatever man. I hope they can become healthier people.
Emily Hall October 06, 2012 at 01:39 AM
@siwany. Fabulous childhood = mom was not a drug addicted prostitute and dad was not her pimp, their high school didn't have metal detectors or armed security officers, every school they went to had an art department and no one got stabbed in the hallway on the way to class. Not to imply mom and dad were good parents. The suburbs can sometimes be mind boggling in their lack of perspective.
Siwanoy October 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
well see Emily, when you use a term like "fabulous childhood" which can have many different meanings, people take their own definitions and apply it to them. Fabulous childhood is a matter of perspective.
Siwanoy October 10, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Emily, the fact that you had to bring up that your "working jobs to put themselves through school and make something of themselves" to elevate yourself above the 4 in this article is absurd. You want a pat on the back for doing a good job? here you go, congrats. (fyi, most people don't find the need to interject that they're doing better then 4 people who shot mailboxes)

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