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MAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AT WOMAN'S HOME

A Town of Niagara man was arrested Friday, two hours after he allegedly fired as many as four shots from a 20-gauge shotgun at his former girlfriend's Genesee Street home, police said.

The gunshots did $3,000 damage to the house at 261 Genesee St. and $1,500 damage to a car parked behind it. No one was injured, police said.

Brett A. Bartlett, 21, of 4707 Creekside Parkway was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief and unsafely discharging a firearm after State Troopers Brian Finley, Jeffrey Schneggenburger and Andrew Szolnoky arrested him about 9 a.m., Detective Capt. Neil Merritt said.

The incident occurred at 6:58 a.m. after Bartlett arrived at Joelle M. Lewis' home and was confronted by her new male friend, Merritt said.

State police said Bartlett then took out his shotgun, went around the back of the house and started firing.

One shot knocked out a window while others damaged the house and a parked car owned by Shirley A. Wyche of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, Merritt said. Police identified the owner of the house as Dennis G. Manning of Michigan Street.

Officers who came to the scene said it appeared "numerous shots were fired at the rear of the house." Merritt said two to four shots were fired.

Lockport police radioed the State Police that Bartlett was headed for Niagara Falls. State police located the car outside Bartlett's home and evacuated family members before rushing the bedroom and arresting Bartlett, who offered no resistance, Finley said.

Police said Bartlett admitted firing his weapon into the car and house. The shotgun was recovered at the Pine Avenue home of one of Bartlett's friends, Finley said.

Bartlett pleaded innocent in City Court and is free on $1,000 bail, Niagara County Jail officials said.

Ms. Lewis, 25, lives at the Genesee Street address with her three children: Sara A. Lewis, 2; Anthony W. Wallace Jr., 4; and Joshua N. Wallace, 3, police said.

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