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Nashua police: Late-night confrontation leads to gunfire, charges

NASHUA – Police arrested two men Saturday night and charged them with threatening a group of men with guns and firing a single shot.

Police were called to the area of School and Walnut streets around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday for a report of shots fired. Once there, officers detained several people and were told George Palmer, 24, of 2 Clocktower Place, Apt. 431, Nashua, and Jeremiah Reitchl, 22, of 334 Pine Hill Road, Hollis, had pulled out handguns after having a disagreement with a group of men walking in the area, police said. ...

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NASHUA – Police arrested two men Saturday night and charged them with threatening a group of men with guns and firing a single shot.

Police were called to the area of School and Walnut streets around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday for a report of shots fired. Once there, officers detained several people and were told George Palmer, 24, of 2 Clocktower Place, Apt. 431, Nashua, and Jeremiah Reitchl, 22, of 334 Pine Hill Road, Hollis, had pulled out handguns after having a disagreement with a group of men walking in the area, police said.

Nashua police Lt. Denis Linehan said Palmer and Reitchl were sitting near Courthouse Pizza near the former Nashua district court on the Walnut Street oval when they took exception to someone in the group of four other men breaking a glass bottle. Words were exchanged and Palmer and Reitchl are accused of then pulling out and pointing guns at the group, Linehan said.

He said Palmer had lowered his gun when it fired, possibly when one of the other men tried to kick it out of his hand.

“That would indicate to me the suspect had his finger on the trigger and when he was kicked, the gun went off,” Linehan said.

The round fired into the ground, police said.

Palmer is charged with criminal threatening and reckless conduct, both of which are Class B felonies. He was held on $20,000 cash or surety bail pending an arraignment at Nashua district court on Monday. Reitchl is charged with criminal threatening and was released on $10,000 cash or surety bail pending his own arraignment, police said.

The Class B felonies are punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines, police said.

– JOSEPH G. COTE