STAMFORD, Conn. -- Even "The Phantom" couldn’t escape the clutches of Stamford police officers, who arrested two men in connection with a drive-by paintball shooting Sunday night.
Zackary Gorski “Phantom” Emilcar, 21, of 44 Roosevelt Ave., who police said was the shooter, and Ehud Anthony Nazaire, 21, of 985 Shippan Ave., were each charged with second-degree breach of peace, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree assault as well as four conspiracy charges for each of the first four charges.
The incident occurred at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, when a 35-year-old standing with friends at 220 Stillwater Ave. was hit by paintballs from an approaching white BMW, police said.
"As the vehicle turned onto Stillwater, he heard three sounds, which sounded like 'bam, bam, bam,' " police Sgt. Kelly Connelly said. "He said he was struck on his belly twice and his left thigh once."
The man jumped into his vehicle and followed the BMW long enough to get its license plate and give that information to offices, police said. The man was not injured except for three welts where he had been hit by the paintballs, Connelly said.
Officers went to 985 Shippan Ave., where the car's owner said his son was out driving the vehicle, police said. The son, Nazaire, returned home with the vehicle but denied he had been in the area of the paintball shooting, police said.
Eventually he gave police a different story, saying he had picked up a friend but wasn't aware of a paintball gun and didn't know whether it had been shot because they were playing loud music as they drove around, police said. He also said he had been driving on Stillwater Avenue, police said.
During a search, officers found a pre-filled Co2 cartridge on the floor behind the driver's seat, police said.
Nazaire "acted surprised" and said he didn't know how it got there, Connelly said. He was taken into custody, and as he was processed he became more talkative and gave up his friend's telephone number and nickname, police said.
"He gave officers his friend 'Phantom's' phone number saying that 'The Phantom' had been with him tonight and possibly had a paintball gun," Connelly said.
Officers called "The Phantom," who came down to the police station and brought along the paintball gun, police said.
Emilcar admitted to shooting the paintball gun but didn't give police an explanation of why he did it. Each was released on $1,000 bond. No court date was available.
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