Man surrenders to police days after firing bullets into downstairs neighbors’ apartment

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Merlin Umana. Photo/Manchester Police Department

MANCHESTER, N.H. – On Tuesday, a local man turned himself into police after it was believed that he fired gunshots through his apartment floor.

At approximately 1 p.m. last Friday, police arrived at 129 Boutwell St. after reports of a shooting earlier that day. The victim told police that morning he initially thought someone had thrown a rock against his window, later noticing plaster on the floor and a bullet nearby. Officer then saw a hole in the ceiling directly above the plaster.

The victim’s upstairs neighbor, 25-year-old Merlin Umana, was found to have discharged a firearm into the victim’s apartment through the floor. Police have not disclosed why Umana allegedly did this.

Umana was charged with alleged felony reckless conduct and falsifying evidence for taking the gun out of his apartment after the incident happened.

No arraignment date was released. Anyone accused of a crime is innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law.

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.