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Fitchburg Police Find Bullet Fragments After a Report of Shots Fired on Leighton St.

October 2, 2018

FITCHBURG -- Police confirmed that at least one gun shot was fired early Friday morning, damaging a vacant apartment at 76 Leighton St., according to Capt. Steven Giannini.

No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made in connection with the gun being fired, said Giannini.

Giannini said a resident of apartment said he heard gunshots outside at around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

“Apparently a tenant in one apartment thought he heard some men arguing and some shots fired outside the house,” said Giannini.

But the resident went back to sleep without reporting what he heard to police, he said.

When the resident awoke, he noticed a bullet hole in window of the first floor, left side apartment, Giannini said.

He told his landlord about his discovery, and the landlord reported the incident to police around 13 hours after the shot was initially heard, according to Giannini.

Police responded to 76 Leighton St. and saw the bullet hole had damaged the window, and the ceiling inside the apartment, which was vacant. Fragments of a bullet were found inside the apartment, he said.

The shot was fired into the apartment about 15 hours after the State Police Gang Unit and Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section executed a warrant search in the apartment directly above it, according to court documents.

After searching the apartment, state police arrested Tiano Reyes, 42, of Leominster on charges of drug distribution and possessing a firearm without a license, according to court documents.

But the target of the search, Antonio Smith, 31, who was thought to be staying at in the second floor, left-side apartment was not apprehended, according to court documents.

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