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Jun 11, 2016 9:46 AM

West Street shooter has extensive criminal history

MANCHESTER — On Thursday night, police raided a Manchester apartment and arrested a man connected to the city’s most recent shooting.

John Gebo, a 30-year-old man from Manchester, is charged with four counts of reckless conduct, sale of a narcotic drug, and possession of a firearm, which is a felony. Police say Gebo fired a gun into a first floor apartment at 91 West Street early Wednesday morning, then fled the scene.

According to court documents, Gebo has an extensive criminal record. He has two pending misdemeanor charges in Manchester, one for theft by deception and another for possessing stolen property. He was also charged with breaking into a Derry home back in April. In that incident, the Gebo was still in the house when the homeowner and her children returned.

Gebo was arraigned Friday morning and was held without bail. He is due back in court on Monday, where prosecutors will fight to revoke bail completely. His case also has a status hearing set for early September.

Wednesday’s shooting was the third time in less than three months an incident of that kind happened in the area, and the second time the West Street apartment was struck.

Nicole Cepeda-Perez lives in the apartment with her partner, children, and grandchildren. Now she says she’s looking for answers as to why and how this happened.

“What’s his problem with us?” she asked Friday. “That’s what I want to know. That’s why I want to go to the police station.”

Cepeda-Perez also said that police have not been communicating with her about the arrest or the investigation into the incident. While she’s frustrated, it’s motivating her to relocate her sense of safety.

“I’m feeling like I need to go find out who this guy is to see if maybe he’s doing it because somebody else asked him to or something, because we don’t know him,” she said.

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard announced the arrest on Twitter on Friday, with attached text that read, “I hope the victims and the community at large find a level of calm. We are committed to your protection.”

Gebo was arrested in the second floor apartment at 273 Belmont Street, along with two other men who were charged with sale of a narcotic drug and possession of a controlled drug. Police are still investigating the cases.

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