New Hampshire man arrested after shooting at juvenile who entered the wrong home

Mark Gray —Portsmouth Police Department

A Portsmouth, N.H., man was arrested Thursday after police alleged he shot a gun at a male juvenile who entered a home where he thought his friends were gathering.

Mark Gray, 44, faces charges of criminal threatening and two counts of reckless conduct — all Class B felonies — following an investigation by the Portsmouth Police Department, authorities said in a press release.

Officers responded at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 18 to 140 Summer St. after receiving a report that shots were fired.

Through their investigation, police found that a female juvenile who lived there had been speaking to the male juvenile — both of whom police did not identify — through social media and invited him to a gathering that night, according to police.

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“The female advised the door was unlocked,” police said in the press release. “Due to a miscommunication, the male juvenile was unaware that the gathering was at a location other than the female’s residence.”

The male juvenile found the door unlocked at Gray’s home and his entrance awoke the residents, police said. He then fled to his car on Summer Street.

“The residents exited the home and encountered the male, where shots were fired upon the vehicle at the scene and as it fled from the area,” authorities said.

Portsmouth police and New Hampshire State Police carried out an analysis of the trajectory of the shots fired during the investigation.

Gray was released on $10,000 bail and has an arraignment hearing scheduled for Sept. 4.

Police ask people with information about the incident call detectives at 603-610-7609.