GLENS FALLS — A Glens Falls man was arrested early Thursday after he allegedly fired a shotgun through the front door of a home on Charlotte Street, killing a dog and narrowly missing a man inside, according to police.
Joshua P. Marcantonio, 30, of McDonald Street, was charged after the 3 a.m. shooting at 5 Charlotte St. that claimed the life of a dalmatian named Sir Edwin that was inside, but did not injure occupants of the apartment.
Police said Marcantonio walked onto the two-family home’s front porch and fired a shot from a 12-gauge shotgun into the door of the left side apartment knowing people were inside, and then fled on foot.
Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Peter Casertino said Marcantonio was acquainted with residents of the apartment, and had been hanging out with one of them in the hours before the shooting.
According to police:
Around 3 a.m. Marcantonio became belligerent to the point that a man in the home told him to leave. Marcantonio left, but the occupant opened the front door moments later to see him walking back to the house with a gun. He slammed the door shut but a shot rang out a split second later, a round of buckshot narrowly missing the man inside but hitting the dog, killing it almost instantly.
Responding Glens Falls Police officers found Marcantonio walking nearby a short time later, with a cut to his arm that was believed to have been self-inflicted after the shooting.
Casertino said the investigation was continuing and more charges will be filed, including an animal cruelty count for the death of Sir Edwin.
Marcantonio was arraigned Thursday morning and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail on felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
His lawyer, Warren County First Assistant Public Defender Brian Pilatzke, said Marcantonio was a lifelong resident of Glens Falls, living with his mother on McDonald Street.
Marcantonio had no comment as he was led from court.
He is on probation for a misdemeanor assault conviction that stemmed from a November 2017 felony assault arrest that occurred when he seriously injured another man, breaking facial bones that required surgery to repair.
The dog’s owners, Jacqueline Gilligan and Amanda Bemis, were in court for Marcantonio’s arraignment, Bemis fighting back tears as Glens Falls Judge Gary Hobbs recited the allegations during the proceeding.
Gilligan was in the home at the time of the shooting, but said she was asleep and awakened by the blast. She said Sir Edwin was 2.5 years old.
The name of the man who was nearly shot was not released, and no one answered the door to the apartment later Thursday. A new door had been put in place by 9 a.m.
George DeGroff, who lives in the apartment next door, said he called 911 after the blast awakened him around 3 a.m. He went to investigate, but the shooter was gone when he opened his door, having left the gun behind.
“I heard the shot and I went out there and the gun was on the porch,” he said.
He did not know what issue was at the root of the shooting, but said that the neighborhood was generally quiet.
Charlotte Street is a north-south thoroughfare that runs between West Notre Dame Street and Grove Avenue.
Marcantonio is due back in City Court on Tuesday. He faces up to 7 years in state prison on each of the felony charges, as well as a possible jail term for violating probation in the assault case.