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Police: At least 65 cars damaged in Nashua, Hudson shooting spree

NASHUA – Police are investigating a trail of damage that stretches from the Massachusetts border to the Merrimack town line after receiving dozens of reports of vehicles being shot overnight Friday.

Nashua police were flooded with complaints Saturday as residents awoke to find their car windows damaged or shattered. ...

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NASHUA – Police are investigating a trail of damage that stretches from the Massachusetts border to the Merrimack town line after receiving dozens of reports of vehicles being shot overnight Friday.

Nashua police were flooded with complaints Saturday as residents awoke to find their car windows damaged or shattered.

Authorities believe one or more suspects traveling in a dark sedan shot the cars using either a BB gun or pellet gun.

“About 65 to 70 reports were taken of broken windows from the Massachusetts line at the Pheasant Lane Mall all the way out to the Merrimack line on Amherst Street, and then in various places throughout the city,” Nashua police Sgt. Phillip Nichols said.

Some of the damage was concentrated along the path of the Daniel Webster Highway, though reports came in from a wide area, stretching as far east as Hudson.

Police there recorded six vehicles that were damaged. Hudson police Sgt. Joseph Hoebeke said they were spread throughout residential neighborhoods in the town.

“It looks like they were just kind of driving through the area of what I would consider to be the center of Hudson and picked a few roads to drive down and do this,” he said.

Among the victims was 23-year-old Christopher Ide, of Nashua, who woke to find the back window of his car pierced by three projectiles.

Ide, who lives in an apartment complex off of Spit Brook Road, said the window shattered when he opened the door.

He chalked the incident up to youths causing trouble with little regard for others. Ide said at least two other cars in the area were damaged. “Young kids buying toys and trying to have fun with it, I guess,” he said.

Nashua resident DeLijah King said her boyfriend’s car was damaged in the neighborhood surrounding Charlotte Avenue Elementary School.

“It’s pretty violating,” she said. “There’s no reason for it.”

WMUR-TV reported several cars parked at the Knightsbridge Arms and Millstone condominium complexes off of Amherst Street also were hit.

“It’s going to cost me some money, and I’m not happy about that,” Jeff Szadis told WMUR.

Donella Garcia, another resident who spoke with the television station, said she was aggravated and disappointed that one of her two cars had been damaged.

“What kind of joy is that, vandalizing other people’s property?” she said.

Police are investigating reports that the damage was caused by occupants of a Honda Civic or similar sedan with a spoiler and loud exhaust system.

Those responsible for the vandalism could face criminal mischief charges, Nichols said.

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 594-6589 or jhaddadin@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Haddadin on Twitter (@Telegraph_JimH).