LEWISTON — Police arrested a local man in connection with reports of shots fired Thursday afternoon.

Anthony Dipierro, 37, of Lewiston was charged with reckless conduct with a firearm for his involvement in an altercation and discharge of a handgun, Lt. David St. Pierre said in a new release.

Dipierro was being held at Androscoggin County Jail. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

St. Pierre said there was no indication that anyone was struck by gunfire. A pistol believed to have been fired during the altercation was recovered in the area of 40 Bradley St.

Police responded to a report of a fight in that area at about 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

They swarmed the area, appearing to focus their attention on a Bradley Street sidewalk midway between Pine and Ash streets where a couple of dark objects had been left on the street.

Police later placed evidence markers in the area and were interviewing witnesses.

Drug agents were seen responding to the report and several witnesses reported hearing a gunshot.

Alphonse Blouin, who lives on Bradley Street one house down from where the altercation took place, said he was relaxing on his front porch with his dog.

He said he saw a man lying on the asphalt, his motorcycle on top of him.

“He was trying to get out of there,” Blouin said. “There was two or three guys who was pummeling him.”

The men were in their 20s and 30s dressed in T-shirts and cutoff shorts.

The man on the motorcycle, which Blouin said looked like a green Kawasaki, managed to get the motorcycle upright.

“He took off and I think they took a shot at him while he was leaving,” Blouin said.

Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact the Lewiston Police Department.

The investigation was still ongoing and the possibility of others being charged is likely, police said.

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